Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has, after many months of negotiations, agreed last week to terms on new four-year collective bargaining agreements with the International Union of Operating Engineers, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.
New agreements were necessary since the prior agreements expired on June 30.
The new contracts provide for workers at the Departments of Agriculture, Central Management Services, Corrections, Historic Preservation, Human Services, Juvenile Justice, Military Affairs, Transportation, Veterans’ Affairs, and the Illinois State Police.
All of those departments' employees are professional tradesmen and women who work as stationary engineers and plant operators, plumbers and steamfitters, and machinists.
The agreements will now go to the members of the trade unions for a ratification vote.
No terms can be disclosed until the end of the ratification process.