10 September, 2014After three days of strike launched by the workers of Des Plaines, Illinois Juno Lighting Group the management of the group agreed to satisfy workers’ demands.
The workers went on strike as the last remedy in their fight for decent conditions and fair wages after several months of negotiations prior to the end of the previous agreement in August.
At the end of the strike the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board representing the striking workers shared the information about Juno Lighting workers’ victory. Reportedly the newly reached deal includes an average wage increase from US$11.90 to US$13.30 per hour. Also workers managed to obtain improvements in many other benefits including the double sick pay and a decrease in the cost of family insurance.
In his letter to IndustriALL Richard Monje, International vice president of Workers United/SEIU praised the support of the IndustriALL Global Union family playing an important role in assuring justice for Juno workers, he said, “this is a victory not only for Workers United members at Juno Lighting but for global labor solidarity“.
IndustriALL Global Union Assistant General Secretary Kemal Özkan commented on the victory, “We are indeed glad that the dispute at Juno Lighting Group is over and the management of the Group came quickly to its senses and made the right choice when it accepted the workers’ demands. We salute the determination of Juno workers and share their joy of victory with all our members across the globe."