Union and Housing Authority Reach Contract Agreement

By WEEK Producer

January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 7:31 PM CDT

The Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) and Trades Union came to a 2-year contract agreement on Wednesday. The union also agreed to drop all unfair labor practice charges against the PHA.

Previous to the new year, the housing authority had 14 employees in a number of different trades. These employees were covered under a consolidated collective bargaining agreement with the PHA.

The PHA gave notice to these employees in October that the bargaining agreement would expire on December 31st. At the time, they would lose 3 employees due to the federal government's Housing and Urban Development no longer allowing PHA to have an outside agency involved.

After several negotiations, a new contract was reached.

Chief Executive Officer, Brenda Coates, says the new agreement is a win win situation. "It provides job security for our employees and gives us the opportunity to improve efficiency that puts us more in line as operating like the private sector," Coates.

The contract now covers 8 employees. The other 6 employees were either laid off or decided to retire.

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