labor

Tue, 01/31/2012
As Chicago Public Schools begins what are certain to be contentious contract talks with the Chicago Teachers Union, Mayor Rahm Emanuel emerged as the star of a new online video promoting charter schools and ripping the union. An exclusive interview with Emanuel highlights the 35-minute video produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group...
Tue, 10/18/2011
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved three contracts with Teamsters Local 700 Tuesday, even as President Toni Preckwinkle continued to push labor unions to agree to eight unpaid days off in the next budget year. Preckwinkle, who is expected to unveil her budget recommendations next week, is working to close an estimated $315 million...
Fri, 10/07/2011
A cultural anthropologist should stick inside a vault the tape of Forrest Claypool, head of the Chicago Transit Authority, addressing a sea of dark suits at the City Club of Chicago breakfast on Tuesday. Mr. Claypool offered what the French call a tour d’horizon of a decaying transit system. In 25 years, researchers can find a reality about our...
Fri, 09/02/2011
Just days after ruling out a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union finds itself grappling with dissent and fighting for public support, as district leaders have begun circumventing the union in their push for a longer day this school year. After pressing the union unsuccessfully to agree to a longer day throughout the summer, Chicago Public Schools...
Thu, 09/01/2011
More than six weeks after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he could dismiss as many as 625 city workers to balance this year’s budget, just a small fraction of that number have received layoff notices. Only 165 workers were let go so far, according to city documents obtained by the Chicago News Cooperative through the Freedom of Information Act. On...
Tue, 08/23/2011
Starting next fall, Chicago Public School children will be in school 90 minutes longer each day and two additional weeks each year, district officials announced Tuesday amid a labor stalement with district teachers. On Monday, negotiations stalled between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS over teachers’ 4 percent contractual raises, which the...
Thu, 08/18/2011
  This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Green Scene column’s debut, so I thought I’d take a moment for a quick look back and an eager eye ahead.   The local green economy cuts such a wide swath across so many sectors of business, government, non-profits, and various combinations of the above, that there has been no...
Tue, 08/09/2011
City traffic control aides facing imminent unemployment will get their day in court. A Cook County Circuit Court judge was scheduled to preside over a hearing Wednesday in the lawsuit that the workers’ union filed against the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Service Employees International Union Local 73 sued for a temporary injunction to block the...
Fri, 07/29/2011
City Hall’s budget deficit for 2012 will be about $635 million, sources who have been briefed by aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago News Cooperative on Friday morning. The problem would only get worse, the sources said, with the projected shortfall growing to $741.4 million in 2013 and $790.7 milion in 2014. Some aldermen gathered with...
Mon, 07/11/2011
Over the past five years, the office of City Hall’s inspector general fielded about 200 complaints alleging that city truck drivers were loafing or sleeping at job sites. But the drivers were most likely not shirking any duties, said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. And that, he said, is the real problem. Because of agreements between the city’s...