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Cook County Court Workers Picket After Going 18 Months Without Contract

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(CBS) — Over 100 public defenders, probation officers and court personnel marched and chanted in the rain outside criminal court saying 18 months is long enough to wait for a contract with Cook County.

AFSCME Local 3315 president Presita West said members want a wage hike and stable health and pension benefits. She said the membership does not want a deal like the one with city laborers and office workers which called for an increase in costs and decrease in pension benefits.

Cook County Court Workers Picket After Going 18 Months Without Contract

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Marching in the rain with her six-year-old granddaughter McKinsey was probation officer Tiffany Stevenson, who said this was a good way to show exactly how democracy works.

The Union held coordinated informational pickets and demonstrations outside other Cook County court houses and office buildings asking for a new contract with stable benefits and a fair wage increase, though they weren’t at this time ready to publicly discuss numbers.