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LCFT Welcomes Zion-Benton Maintenance, Grounds Workers & Mechanics!
Nov 04, 2022

Zion-Benton District 126 Maintenance, Grounds Workers & Mechanics Join Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504!

Lake County, IL – On Monday, the mechanics and maintenance and grounds staff of Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 joined the Lake County Federation of Teachers (LCFT, IFT Local 504). These 13 district employees formed the Professional Trades Council of Zion-Benton and filed cards with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) to affirm their intent to form a union. 

“We’re thrilled to strengthen our union by welcoming 13 more members into our Local 504 family,” said LCFT President Dennis Duffy. “Workers in Lake County know that a union makes for a better workplace, and our working conditions in schools are our students' learning conditions. I’m confident that by forming a union, these mechanics and maintenance and grounds workers will be able to advocate for fair wages and safety on the job, making District 126 more equitable for current and future employees.”

“We organized our union because we wanted a voice on the job,” said Shayne Bjorn, a maintenance and grounds worker in the district. “I’m proud of my colleagues who joined together with the goal of making Zion-Benton a better place to work. With a union, we will gain a more collaborative relationship with the district regarding our responsibilities and safe working conditions, we’ll have more access to professional development, and we will bring fairness and transparency to our professions and pay.”

Now that authorization cards have been filed by a strong majority of employees, the IELRB is expected to certify the new union. Members will then begin the process of establishing the union’s governing structure, elect leaders, and work towards bargaining their first contract.

The Professional Trades Council of Zion-Benton is affiliated with LCFT, which has 28 councils affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. 


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Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, IFT-AFT / AFL-CIO
248 Ambrogio Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
  847-623-7725

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