If you drove by on Saturday or Monday, chances are you saw a small mass of people dressed in purple and yellow, waving signs and soliciting honks from passing cars.
They're from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, which represents 76 people employed by the Village of Oak Park in various capacities. The workers staged a two-day strike outside of Village Hall, protesting what they feel is an unfair shake in contract negotiations with village management.
At issue for the workers and village management are two sticking points:
Oak Park-River Forest Patch stopped by the picket line to talk with a few members on the front line.
The strike, by the way, ended at 5 p.m. Monday. Negotiations between village officials and union leaders are now set to enter another round of federal mediation sessions to strike a deal.