2018 Allocation

As you know, our local is made up of members who work for the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, Cook County, and the Illinois Secretary of State.  Our contract with the City will end June 30, 2022. We just agreed to a one year extension on our Park District contract, which will now expire June 30, 2019.  Our District Council’s contract with union contractors ends June 1, 2020 .  Our contract with the County ends November 30, 2020, and our contract with the Secretary of State expires June 30, 2019.

Some of our members, mainly Watchmen, make a wage negotiated directly with the City.  These members will receive a 2.25% raise on 1/1/19, a 2% raise on 1/1/20, a 2.25% raise on 1/1/21, and a 2% raise on 1/1/22.  Additionally, some members, mainly Traffic Enforcement Technicians, Safety Specialists, and District Clerk positions are on the City’s salary schedule,  These members get the same raises as the Watchmen but they also move up the salary schedule as their seniority increases. Most of our members make the “prevailing”, or “area standards” wage, which is a construction wage historically based on the wage negotiated between our District Council and the union contractors in the Chicagoland area.

The prevailing wage is based on the rate negotiated between our District Council and union contractors because a huge percentage of the construction work in the area is union work.  Therefore, our union wage “prevails”.  It is the area standard because we are a strong union and do our best to make sure almost all construction work in the area is done by union laborers. If our union is ever weakened, we would lose our ability to enforce the prevailing wage. Fly-by-night contractors would get away with paying laborers less money (the prevailing wage in Texas, for example, is $10.35 an hour), and since we make whatever the prevailing wage is, our wage would immediately go down.

This is no joke. Our salaries and the livelihoods we provide for our families are at stake. Every year, big money groups on the right wing try to turn us into Texas. If you want to make $10 an hour, head to Houston. This is Chicago, and we stand together and make sure we are paid what we are owed.

The prevailing wage is certified by the Illinois Department of Labor in June of each year, and then appears on our checks in July.  Some of our groups, like our members at the County, receive a pay check sometime this winter that covers the raise retroactive to July 1.

Now for the good news:  at our District Council allocation meeting this morning, an additional $1.00/hour was allocated to wages.  Therefore, effective July 1, members making the prevailing wage will get a raise of $1.00/hour.  The raise for Apprentices will be based on what level the Apprentice has attained. For instance, an Apprentice making 80% of the full prevailing wage will see an increase of $0.80/hour.

Please remember that Bruce Rauner wants to drastically cut our pay, and will continue to make multiple attempts to do so.  We must stand together, prove our value to the citizens we serve, and work to elect candidates who recognize that value.  United we will continue to move forward.

Retro Checks and April Meeting

Remember that this month’s Membership Meeting is not next Monday, the 16th. It has been moved to April 23. 5:00 p.m. at Local 1092.

Also, everyone working for the City should have received their retroactive pay check by now. If you have any questions about it, let us know. 2 FAQ’s so far:

Q. Why isn’t there Overtime on the check?
A. If you worked Overtime during your retroactive period, retro pay for Overtime should be on your check. Regular pay is called “Retro Pay Pen” on your check. Overtime pay is called “Retro Pay No Pen” on your check. Look for both amounts.

Q. What time period does the retro check cover?
A. If you are in a prevailing rate position (Apprentice, Construction Laborer, ECD, Subforeman, etc.), you were owed a raise on July 1, 2017 that you did not get. So your check covers the period from 7/1/17-2/1/18.
If you are in a non-prevailing rate position (District Clerk, Watchman, Safety Specialist, etc.) you were owed a raise on January 1, 2018 that you did not get. So your check covers the period from 1/1/18-2/1/18.

Two Job Postings 4/2/18

Chicago’s Department of Aviation will be posting a bid for 1 Stores Laborers tomorrow. The job is at O’Hare in the warehouse there. You must apply online at the City’s website. You MUST read and follow all instructions on the bid or it will be rejected by the City. If you would like assistance submitting your bid, please call us and set up a time to come in and meet with Phillis.  Good luck.

Also- Today, Cook County put up a posting for 1 Laborer in the Facilities Department. You can find that posting here. As with City postings, remember to follow all instructions and call us with questions.

Bid for 2FM

Dear Members,

Chicago’s Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) will be posting a bid for 3 Laborers tomorrow. You must apply online at the City’s website. You MUST read and follow all instructions on the bid or it will be rejected by the City. If you would like assistance submitting your bid, please call us and set up a time to come in and meet with Phillis.  Good luck.

Additionally, we have JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul yard signs at the hall. Please stop by and pick one (or more) up.

In Solidarity,

Joe

Worker Rights Rally this Saturday!

February 21, 2018-

The time is NOW! The future of your job, your Union and the Middle Class is at stake. This coming Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that may significantly harm the future of your union rights. Now more than ever we must stand together.

This Saturday, February 24, please join us for a Working People’s Day of Action. Noon at Daley Plaza downtown.

Parking is available behind Local 1001, and free transportation will be provided to and from Local 1001.  Local 1001 is located at:

323 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL

See more details here. Come out and stand up for your rights! And stop by the hall this week if you don’t have any LiUNA gear and you need an orange t-shirt.

Volunteers For This Weekend

Dear Members,

Thanks to all of you who responded to the text message we sent this week about volunteering this weekend.  We need even more people- if you didn’t respond to the text please call the hall and let us know you’ll come out for a couple hours either Saturday or Sunday.  There are 5 locations all across the city, and more in nearby suburbs.  We’ll get you the location closest to your house.  I’ll be at the Diversey location Saturday morning.

We need to get out there and help the Pritzker/Stratton campaign.  No other team will work to protect our jobs, wages, and pensions like they will. Our strength as a union comes from our ability to unite to effect change for the better- a great opportunity to do that is this weekend.

In Solidarity,

Joe

JB Pritzker for Governor

JB Pritzker’s campaign is having two weekends of action, January 27th & 28th and February 17th and 18th.  They need volunteers at all their campaign offices.  Getting Pritzker elected is key to holding on to our rights and benefits as Laborers, and key to making sure the infrastructure work that is the basis of our livelihood continues in the future.  Please do all you can to get out and help the campaign on at least one of these dates.  You can choose any date, any location, and any shift.  Please call the hall and let us know which one you’ll be at.

Saturday January 27: Shift 1 starts 10:00AM
Shift 2 starts at 1:00PM

Sunday January 28: Only shift starts at 1:00PM

Saturday February 17: Shift 1 starts at 10:00AM
Shift 2 starts at 1:00PM

Sunday February 18: Only shift starts at 1:00PM

Office Locations:
11641 S. Halsted
1051 W. Belmont
4418 W. Diversey
5401 S. Wentworth

We need to get out there and help him get elected.