2,000 Cook County workers go on strike

A day after hundreds of Cook County Health nurses staged a one-day strike, 2,000 more county workers went on strike Friday after failing to reach a contract agreement with management.

Union leaders accused Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle of turning her back on essential workers who “risked their lives and their families during the pandemic.”

“It appears that she is punishing Local 73 members for standing up for themselves, their families and their community,” Dian Palmer, SEIU Local 73’s president, said in a statement.

The striking workers include custodians, technicians and administrative staff. They have been negotiating for a

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