New City Contract

After ten months of negotiations, during which the City attempted to take away the prevailing wage, make double time pay for OT a virtual impossibility, and make other changes that would diminish our livelihood and that of our families, we have finally come to an agreement on a new, 5-year collective bargaining agreement.  1092’s Executive Board has recommended the contract to the Laborers’ District Council for ratification, and the Chicago City Council is expected to ratify it next week.  We discussed all of the main changes at our membership meeting this past Monday, and below is a summary of those changes.

This contract doesn’t happen without the bargaining power that comes with a strong union; it is the result of all of our members standing united as one against powerful people and groups that want to see us with no pension, low pay, and prohibitively expensive health care. When we stand together, we will always be able to fight them off and defend our standard of living, our careers, and our work.
 

LiUNA Local 1092 Contract Highlights

                                                                                                                                               

Term:

  • 5 years, from 7/1/17-6/30/22

Prevailing Rate:

  • The City will continue to pay the Prevailing Rate as of July 1 each year, including a retroactive check going back to July 1, 2017 for members making the Prevailing Rate.

Non-Prevailing Rate

  • 1/1/18 = 2%
  • 1/1/19 = 2.25%
  • 1/1/20 = 2%
  • 1/1/21 = 2.25%
  • 1/1/22 = 2%
  • Retro Check going back to 1/1/18

Deferred Comp Plan (457b)

The City will match up to

  • 2020 = $250
  • 2021 = $250
  • 2022 = $500

Boot Reimbursement

  • $100 per year for those required to wear safety shoes

Health Care Employee Contribution Increases

  • 7/1/18 = .5%
  • 1/1/19 = .5%
  • 1/1/20 = .5%

Health Care Savings Required

  • City’s LMCC must come up with $3 million in savings for the health care plan by 2020 or implement additional plan changes that will save $3 million.
  • $3 million is the total savings between all the COUPE unions (which includes all trades, Teamsters, SEIU, and others)

 

Health Care Premium Cap (currently people don’t make health care contributions on salary in excess of $90K)

  • 2019 = 100K 2020 = 115k  2021 = 130k
    • Does not include OT

Prescription Drug Deductible

  • 2019 = $35 deductible (per household)
  • 2020 = $35 deductible (per household)
  • 2021 = $75 deductible (per household)
  • 2022 = $75 deductible (per household)

Paid Parental Leave

  • 4 weeks for birth mother for non-surgical delivery
  • 6 weeks for birth mother for C-section delivery
  • 2 weeks for spouse or domestic partner of a birth mother
  • 2 weeks for the adoption of a child

Promotional Bid Lockout

  • Shortened to 6 months (currently 12 months) from last successful bid

-Caulker title

  • City will begin hiring current City employees into the Caulker title

Promotion out of the bargaining unit return extended to 60 months

  • Includes Caulker position
  • Return to Laborers bargaining unit only allowed in cases of layoff or termination without cause

Foreman of Construction Laborers

  • Comp time over 160 hours will be paid out beginning June 1
  • Foremen of Construction Laborers in DWM will have option to go on Rotational Overtime List

Single Vacation Days

  • Can now use 6 of your days as sick (VVS) days (currently 5)
  • Can now use 6 of your days as single (VVF) days (currently 5)

Vacation Carryover

  • Employees with 10 or more years of service can carry over up to 5 days (currently 3) that must be used by June 30 (currently April 30)

FMCS Pilot for Discipline Hearings in DSS/DWM

  • A pilot program will start wherein a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will recommend discipline in an attempt to get it right the first time and lessen the need for appeals

Aviation

  • Foreman of Construction Laborers to be hired at Midway
  • 3 Chief Storekeepers to be hired at O’Hare (Same pay as Foreman of Construction Laborers)
  • O’Hare warehouse schedule to move to 8 hours of work with 30-minute unpaid lunch

Career Service

  • Apprentices in DWM will remain seasonal. But once they’ve completed their apprenticeship, they will become Probationary Career Service for one year, and after that year they will become Career Service.

Member Benefit Info

Below are the contact numbers for the various benefits that become effective January 1. Our office will be open this Saturday morning from 9-12 for anyone that needs to come sign the agreement for benefits.  And we will be out at jobsites in the new year to sign people up as well.

Life Insurance- call the hall; 773-247-1092
Roadside Assistance-  877-334-9227
Legal Benefit- 800-706-5752
Grief Counseling- 888-319-7819
ID Theft- 800-706-5750

When calling any of the numbers, give them your name and tell them you are a member of Local 1092.  They will have a list of all eligible members.

CDOT is Hiring Three Foremen

Pursuant to 1092’s agreement with CDOT, CDOT is hiring three (3) Foremen of Construction Laborers.  The bid went online today at the City’s website and will remain online for two weeks.  Please follow all instructions in the bid, and contact 1092 with any questions.  A copy of the bid is included below.

FOREMAN OF CONSTRUCTION LABORERS

Job Number:

288133

 

Description

BID ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Transportation

This position is covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the Water Pipe Engineering Laborers – Local 1092 (Bargaining Unit 53). Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOUMUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”,CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT. 
YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”
(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION

Number of Positions: 3

This is a working Foreman position and they are a support to the other trades. Under general supervision, functions as a supervisor over one or more work crews, directing and supervising Construction Laborers and Laborer-Apprentices performing physically demanding labor at construction, maintenance, and repair project sites of public facilities or in the public way including streets and roadways, bridges and viaducts, and performs related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

·         Makes daily work assignments, ensures work crews are properly staffed and prioritizes work orders based on available manpower, daily work orders and planned work objectives
·         Prioritizes work order requests and makes required re-assignment to ensure management directives are carried out and operational needs are met
·         Monitors work in progress, enforcing operating work procedures and ensuring staff compliance with established work safety rules, practices and requirements
·         Responds to and resolves problems relating to personnel, equipment, performance issues and other factors or issues impacting of work crews productivity
·         Responds to operational demands during snow operations and clearing the overpass sidewalks through the city
·         Coordinates work efforts with other supervisory personnel, reviewing work objectives and implementing changes to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of work operations
·         Provides safety instruction to staff to minimize employee accidents and to promote a safe work environment; reviews incidents of accidents and injuries and prepares reports
·         Provides a vast knowledge of flagging procedures and ensures the staff is compliant
·         Approves time off requests; monitors performance and conducts performance evaluations; and initiates and enforces disciplinary actions
·         Confers with and notifies General Foreman of performance or operational problems
·         Prepares productivity reports, operational reports and related reports

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location:  3124 S. Sacramento
Shift:         7:00am – 3:30pm
Days:         Monday – Friday

 

Qualifications

Three years of work experience as a general laborer on a construction work site.

A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required.

Education & Employment Verification: Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it related to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diplomas must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must also provide your valid U.S. driver’s license at time of processing.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Selection Requirements:

This position requires applicants to successfully pass a written job knowledge exam and complete an interview. Test results will be sent out by the Department of Human Resources after test results have been compiled and analyzed. Applicants who receive a passing score on the test will be selected to interview. The interviewed candidate(s) receiving a passing score on the test and possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview and written exercise, will be selected for hire.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer

City of Chicago                                                                    Department of Human Resources

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor                                                                  Soo Choi, Commissioner

 

Job Posting

: Oct 30, 2017, 12:01:00 AM |

Unposting Date

: Nov 14, 2017, 12:59:00 AM

BU: 53

Salary: $41.30/Hourly |

Pay Basis

::Yearly

Laborers’ Training Center is Hiring

The Laborers’ Training Center will be hiring two new instructors. Keep in mind that the instructors must be able to work at both the Chicago location (on Homer St. near Grand and Central) and the location in Carol Stream. Also keep in mind that the instructors pay into a different pension fund than laborers working for the City, County, or State. This means that you would keep whatever credits you have in your current pension fund, but start new in the fund that the instructors pay into. Let me know if you have questions on this or any other aspects of the position. Here are the prerequisites for the instructor positions:

-5 year member in good standing
-5 year experience in Environmental or Underground work
-Passion for teaching.mentoring
-Proficient in Math and Reading
-Good computer skills
-High School Diploma
-Valid Driver’s License
-30 Hour OSHA
-Excellent communication skills

Resumes will be accepted until 12:00 noon, November 10, 2017, and can be mailed or dropped off to:

Tom Nordeen
1200 Old Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188
630-653-0006 x229

On November 15 in Carol Stream at 6:00 pm, the Training Center will host a light dinner and presentation to all members interested in the position to explain the position and the two year process it takes to become an ANSI Certified Instructor. After the meeting you will then be able to sign up for your interview.

A note from the Training Center is included below:
“Please keep in mind that this position is not a job but a career choice that will come with a lot of responsibility and expectations. It is by no means meant to be a precursor to retirement. Unless you are able to meet all of the responsibility and prerequisites listed above for this position, please do not submit a resume. The expectation for a start date would be January 8, 2018.”

Meet and Greet with JB!

On Wednesday, September 27, LiUNA will be hosting a Meet & Greet with JB Pritzker for our members and their families.  Pritzker is running for Governor to defeat Bruce Rauner and his destructive policies.  The Meet & Greet will be at the LiUNA District Council, 999 McClintock Dr. in Burr Ridge, from 5pm-7pm.  I hope to see many of you there.