Mayor Presents Proposed Work Rule Changes

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning up the heat on organized labor by disclosing some of the work-rule changes he is asking union leaders to accept in order to save the jobs of 625 city employees.

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As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports, city employees who work overtime currently get paid double time; Emanuel would like to reduce that to time-and-a-half. They work a 35-hour week; Emanuel wants 40 hours. Workers actually get time-and-a-half to prep vehicles at the start of a shift. He wants straight pay for that chore.

“I’ve made nine individual recommendations of workplace reforms that total in value around $19 million,” he said. “Now, the good news is, one of them they like, or they’re open to it.”

Emanuel unilaterally did $20 million in belt-tightening last week to try to erase the $30 million shortfall created by his decision to end mandatory furlough days for city employees. He is asking the unions to come up with an additional $11 million through work rule changes or other means.

Union leaders have another 10 days to counter those proposals before layoff notices go out.

WBBM is attempting to contact Chicago Federation of Labor officials.

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  • chicagoguy

    The light of day needs to shine on these “sweet”, but dirty deals that encourage waste. The public doesn’t even know how they are swindled by organized labor.
    The mayor is doing a great job by airing this publicly. It’s the taxpayers money.

  • LouieLouie

    Why haven’t the so called non-partisan tea partys decended on Daley Plaza to support Emmanuel in his struggle with public sector unions?

  • Robert

    Time and half to start the car – wow – I want that job – and to think – I’ve not been getting paid to start my car.

    Unions shall destroy the recovery and the ability for america to be competitive with the rest of the world

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