The Chicago Public Schools system reached a contract deal with its second largest union — the Service Employees International, which represents 5,500 custodians, school bus aides, security aides and others. The proposed three-year contract with the SEIU includes a “reasonable wage increase” and an assurance that no more union jobs would be outsourced, said SEIU Local 73 Vice President Taalib-Din Ziyad.
The donation from Michael Quinlan, who was head of the Oak Brook-based fast food chain for 11 years until 1998, is the largest gift the private university has received from an individual.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’s proceeding with caution in forging a city partnership with CeaseFire Illinois — and not writing a “blank check” — to make certain ex-offenders hired by the group are “preventing crime, not committing it.” At least six people have been charged with committing drug-related crimes while on CeaseFire’s payroll over the past five years.
Moving toward operating an "essentially new'' bus fleet within the next two years, the CTA will buy 425 buses and rebuild more than 1,000 older buses in a nearly half-billion-dollar modernization investment that's one of the most ambitious of its kind at the transit agency.
I'll be talking about Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his relationship (or lack thereof) with organized labor and the unions representing city workers this afternoon on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift.