New Contract for Illinois Health Care Workers

A new three-year contract at Aperion Health Care in New Rochelle, Illinois, brings the Local 578 members there four percent annual wage increases and increases the starting minimum wage for new hires to $15 per hour. Two new paid holidays – members’ birthdays and a personal day - have been implemented. And there were numerous language improvements, including discrimination protection, reduced probation period from 90 to 60 days, Paid Time Off eligibility from the first year of employment, improvements in grievance procedure and funeral leave pay, higher uniform allowance and improved successorship language.

In addition, all members received a $250 signing bonus upon ratification of the new contract.

Members of the Negotiating Committee for Local 578 included Local 578 President Daniel Williams, Recorder Ryan Williams, Stewards Johnette Dorsey and Taneika Sanders, RWDSU Representative Roger Grobstich, and Sr. Business Representative for the Central States Council Dennis Williams, Sr.