First Contract Brings Retro Pay for Illinois Members

IAM District 8 ADBR Gary Stuessel swearing in new members at Local 124

After several months of negotiations, the new IAM members of Local 124 in Joliet, IL who are employed as Clerical workers for the Village of Manhattan have a first contract that provides significant wage increases and retroactive pay of more than $7,500.

In addition to wage increases ranging from four to 30 percent in the first year, the contract calls for the establishment of a grievance procedure with due process and just cause for discipline, as well as the creation of an additional full-time position.

“I was really proud of this group for being so patient,” said Gary Stuessel, District 8 ADBR. “It was a long process reaching their first agreement. They will now enjoy all the benefits of a Machinists Union collective bargaining agreement, with the opportunity to improve the agreement in future negotiations.”

IAM Midwest Territory GVP Phil Gruber welcomed our new members saying, “We congratulate District 8 and our new members on their very successful negotiations and first contract. This is a prime example of the phrase, ‘It doesn’t cost to belong to the IAM, it PAYS!’”