Union members, who were backed by SEIU Local 73, recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of an historic new contract with the Secretary of State. The union, which represents over 35,000 workers throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, and Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias officially signed the contract, which lasts through June 30, 2027.
“I made a promise to serve as a Secretary of State who reflects our shared values, delivers on promises, and works to restore our faith and trust in government for working families across the state,” Giannoulias said. “Getting this contract done between the office and SEIU in record time demonstrates my commitment to fight for fair wages and benefits. I will always stand up for the rights of our workers and empower them to succeed.”
Workers believe the new contract reflects their dedication to the State and the services it provides. The new agreement features across-the-board wage increases, increased parental leave, inclement weather considerations, and more.
“This contract is the best, first step to getting our team fair wages,” said Norine Cadle, Public Service Clerk at the Diversey Express Facility and Chief Steward. “There is always more work to be done, and our bargaining unit will do that. But this is the foundation on which we build our strength as a union.”
SEIU Local 73 began the bargaining process in March 2023, after which the two sides came to agreement that they feel will benefit the not just workers, but the people of Illinois who rely on the critical services that the Secretary of State provides.
“We are tremendously proud of the work our union members do for the State, and their commitment is reflected in this historic contract,” said Dian Palmer, President of SEIU Local 73. “We also value our relationship with the Secretary of State’s office and Alexi Giannoulias, who has shown with this contract the respect Illinois has for union members.”