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A number of union members picketed the Wood River Township office Tuesday morning. Members of the Machinist's Union District 9 were there to raise awareness of their attempts to approve a contract for employees of the assessor's office.
A tentative contract has been negotiated with the assessor, and the agreement needs to be approved by the township board. Union spokesman Roy Collins tells The Big Z there are a few sticking points in the negotiations.
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Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock tells The Big Z his office does not oppose unionization, and they are trying to get wording to reflect that of their counterparts in the laborer's union.
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Collins says it was a peaceful demonstration, attended by about 35 people. The 6 employees in the assessor's office have until this point been working without union representation. Both sides are scheduled to meet again today.