Unions: City Hall Top-Heavy With Managers

CHICAGO (CBS) — There are too many bosses and not enough rank-and-file workers, a report by unions representing city employees will say Tuesday.

The report comes as Mayor Emanuel has threatened to lay off 625 workers to save $10 million this year.

On one of the mayor’s cost-saving suggestions, CBS 2 has learned, there’s already been an agreement between City Hall and Cement Masons Local 502. Members will be giving up the double-time pay rate they’d been getting in some situations for the time-and-a-half most others are paid in similar circumstances.

The cement masons  work on jobs such as building handicapped ramps and new curbs and sidewalks.

It’s a small union, just 67 workers. But the move is highly symbolic as the first voluntary giveback by any of the unions. If the same terms are accepted by the other unions, it could save the city millions.

Other union workers are also getting involved. They’ve suggested what are being called operational efficiencies, or cheaper ways of doing the same work.

Other issues the unions will address Tuesday are costly outside contracts for work they claim could be done cheaper in house and -– the big one — a work force they say is top-heavy with managers.

One department, Family and Support Services, has a small group of workers but one commissioner, 14 deputy commissioners, four assistant commissioners and six assistants to the commissioners. A spokesman for Mayor Emanuel says they are working to reduce the number of managers.

The city’s Department of Information Technology has 11 deputy chief information officers, a chief and a deputy chief overseeing 103 workers.

City officials say their consultant agrees the IT department doesn’t need so many managers. 

And at the aviation department? The unions found 41 managers making $100,000 each. City hall didn’t have a response to that.

Contributing: CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall

  • Really?

    NO Shyt!!!! Anybody who lives in Chicago knows that!!!!

  • Larry

    Oh, the irony of the union saying this when the entire City payroll is overstacked. Get real. Cut ALL OF THEM – management and union workers. You could cut 33% of the City payroll and still have an efficient government. These cl0wns fool nobody.

  • Mike Leahy

    some things never change

  • Bill

    Do a forensic audit of the Chicago Fire Department.You have many chiefs in Fire suppresion who get inflated pensions based on the political reward appointments as opposed to earned promotions.Very top heavy managerial Fire Department.Make the Firefighters and Paramedics on Desk jobs go back on the street to actually serve the people with their skills that they were hired for!

  • tom Sharp

    Don’t you just love it that they need a “consultant” to tell them they have too many managers. Who wants to bet the managers think there are too many consultants!!! TERM LIMITS OF ONE!!!!

  • E.A.

    No union, no matter how big or small, should give up anything until the city officials from the mayor down, take a pay decrease. Untill the cities STOP
    paying more attention to ILLEGALS than their legal citizens.



  • Bev Grier

    I agree cut management and union, but do not raise my taxes. I know some jobs can be conbine and some clinics in the health department can be closed. They not even full service clinics and mental health service

  • billyd

    They are absolutely right, but that doesn’t exempt them from more rational work rules, salaries and benefits either. The whole system needs reform, top to bottom.

  • Sparky

    Make sure the private companies don’t get any overtime too. the people working on city streets with Arizona + New Mexico license plates. Don’t forget about Chisty Weber Landscaping.

  • lemonhead24

    Crook County Government should take note

  • long time watcher

    what about the 50 alderman cut them down to the 25 most senior,two wards per alderman,just keep one staff with each I`m sure that would be quite a savings as well.C`mon Mayor you can do it ,

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