Cicero Teamsters amendment put off

Cicero Town Board makes three abstentions in contract amendment discussion

The Cicero Town Board discussed an amendment for the Town of Cicero Teamsters Local Union 137 that had been overlooked in past years during the regular town board meeting held at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Cicero Town Hall.

The amendment was perceived as a something that required a vote to "make the amendment," and not necessarily "change anything in the contract," according to Union 137 Steward Bill Alley, who spoke on behalf of the union.

The amendment was concerning a one-week's paid vacation that is owed to any Cicero Teamster employee that has put in at least six continuous months of work. The vacation is to be used within the first year of employment, according to Town Councilor Jim Corl, who read the amendment.

However, this agreement was incorporated into the 2006-09 contracts and the recently signed 2010-14 contract, which had the vacation specifications to "carry over" to the renewed agreement, Alley said.

Corl described this as an "oversight" since the language was agreed on but for some reason it was not written into the initial agreement or the renewal when it was to be "carried over."

The vacation has been utilized by other Cicero Teamsters and "is in effect," but Alley said Union 137 legally needs to have the language properly incorporated into the contract.

When the board was asked to vote on the amendment, Supervisor Judy Boyke and Town Councilors Lynn Jennings and Jessica Zambrano all abstained from the vote while Corl and Town Councilor Vern Conway voted in favor.

Because there were three abstentions, the amendment could not be carried. Zambrano said she didn't feel right voting on something that had a previous contract.

"I would like to look into this further," Zambrano said.

Boyke and Jennings said they abstained because they were not involved in the initial contract agreement.

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