Teamsters employees who work for the Kane County Division of Transportation have a new, four-year contract after a unanimous vote by the county board Tuesday.

While the contract covers only 29 employees, officials hope the deal will be a catalyst to bring other outstanding negotiations to a close.

Eleven of the county's 15 bargaining units are working under expired deals. Most of the union contracts expired in November 2017.

Just last month, it seemed like county officials were closing in on several new deals. The county board even voted in favor of new contracts with six bargaining units.

But less than two weeks later, the board voted to reopen discussions with those same unions when a disagreement arose about how retroactive the deals were.

Union officials believed the new deals were retroactive to the 2018 fiscal year. County officials maintained the deals applied only to the 2019 fiscal year moving forward.