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VIDEO: Scenes from a Strike

Members of SEIU Local 73 picket outside Oak Park Village Hall.

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. 

Elizabeth Melara July 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Management would like the public to believe its ll about money. It is not. It is the attempt by mangement to take away all the hard won rights we have gained over the years. It is about a "merit" system that runs on favoritism. However, regarding raises the Village spends hundreds of thousands bricking streets, painting mosaic on streets, commissioning questionable "art" and hiring someone to give regular tours of same. I goe3s on and on but the message is that wirkers are the he least valued component of government, Liz M

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