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Crain’s: Cook County Union Lauds Preckwinkle for New Contract

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight
by Brandis Friedman

As the fight over the Cook County sweetened beverage tax enters yet another round, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is getting some praise from one of the county's biggest unions.

In a memo to members, obtained by Crain's Chicago Business, the union representing 3,500 guards and security personnel at the county jail specifically thanks her for items in their new contract.

The memo from the Teamsters Union Local 700 cites, specifically, a new payment for attending roll call, lifting a cap on use of personal time, a $1,200 per person signing bonus and a zero percent hike in health care premiums.

Crain's reports the memo says that Preckwinkle's team was “very fair in how they negotiated with the union.”

The three-year contract is up for County Board approval in September.

Board President Preckwinkle will be on Chicago Tonight on Tuesday.



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