With the Peoria County Board made up of a majority of union members, it always gets a little dicey when it comes to contract talks. The AFSCME, known nationally as one of the most belligerent unions, always demands more and then more. The counties proposal allegedly offers each union member up to 15 days unpaid furlough each month, the county already pays 2/3 of all health insurance, allows up to 11 paid holidays, has a enviable pension plan, extremely generous sick leave, paid personal days and few if any time clocks to punch. If they show proof of working out at an approved health center, like the RiverPlex nearby, they can have their entire monthly bill paid by the taxpayer.
No private company could survive with the generous benefits paid by the county. Yes, I am somewhat resentful as the private sector nationwide receives maybe 40% below someone working in the public taxpayer supported sector.
The union which builds their reputation on protecting their older employees, competent or not, says they "will give them (County) the fight of their lives".
It's not too late to sell Bel-Wood.
You really didn't think that Peoria County would sell Bel-Wood, did you? With around 160 union employees employed there?
I'm ready and able to go back to work if the county needs me. Maybe I could build up my only monthly pension of $116 a month.
My advice to the County Board is too stay with the generous plan proposed. The unemployed in this county would love to have these jobs.