AFSCME negotiators announced that union members have voted to accept
’s latest contract offer, preventing a strike by
two-thirds of the county’s workforce. St. Louis County
“We forced the county to drop its demand for a divisive two-tier contract,” said Steve Kniefel, who leads AFSCME’s negotiating team. “We put the county on notice that AFSCME won’t cave into union-busting tactics that pit worker against worker.”
The settlement has the county accepting AFSCME’s offer on accumulated sick leave. The county wanted to reduce the maximum banked sick leave from 1,900 hours to 1,150 hours for new employees. The union countered with 1,500 hours for all employees, present and future, except those who have already earned sick leave over the new cap.
Union members voted on the deal at worksites Thursday. They had the option to vote yes and ratify the contract, or vote no and reauthorize a strike.
AFSCME Local 66 represents 1,005 of the county’s 1,620 employees. Members in the “basic civil service” and “merit” bargaining units had been working under an expired contract since