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City Hall Reaches Contract Deal With Safety Workers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Emanuel administration has reached a four-year labor agreement with the unions representing some 2,100 public safety workers.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the city is trumpeting the ratification of a four-year contract with workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

They’ll receive 1.5 percent pay hikes at the beginning of each of the next two years, and 1 percent raises the following two years.

There’s also a lump-sum payment of up to $500 for each worker.

The agreement covers 2,100 employees with duties ranging from police communications operators to crossing guards, parking enforcement aides and animal control officers.

At a time when the administration is at loggerheads with the teachers union, it’s happy to promote an agreement with other labor groups.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Craig Dellimore Reports