Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance exchange, three months ahead of the third annual enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.
The union said the district’s cutbacks are counterproductive, and will lead to fewer resources for educators. The Emanuel administration has said the cuts will save $200 million for a district reeling from paying $634 million in pension obligations.
The school board has approved layoffs of 263 teachers, although most of them likely will be recalled next school year. More than 200 non-union support personnel also were receiving layoff notices.
Chicago Public Schools officials have sent layoff notices to 550 teachers and 600 clerical support staff, but said the teachers will be able to apply for other open jobs with the district for next school year.
Macy’s department stores announced Wednesday that it will lay off 2,500 workers as the company plans to restructure its business.
The move comes three weeks after Snarf’s employees went on strike for higher wages.
Berry Plastics said the layoffs, which will begin next month, are part of a cost-cutting initiative that will result in five plant closings.
The Gerdau steel plant, once owned by Sheffield Steel, originally started in the 1860s as a horseshoe factory. The plant produces steel “flats and squares” used by manufacturers, fabricators and cold finishers in their products.
About a third of the jobs are going away because of the transition to the Ventra card system, which takes CTA out of the fare-collection business. Some will get the chance to reapply for 30 new jobs.
School chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Friday’s the layoffs will save the system about $4 million.
A month before the new school year starts, protestors from the Chicago Teacher’s Union were expressing outrage over budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools, with a protest march through the Loop.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Chicago Teachers Union representative said on Saturday that work will be done to fight back against the recent layoffs of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees
School administrators and Mayor Emanuel continued to blame budget problems and the unsettled pension crisis in Springfield for the job cuts.
The layoffs include 1,036 teachers, of which 545 are tenured, and 1,077 non-teachers.
Chicago Teachers Union officials fear the city could soon follow Philadelphia’s steps and send out thousands of layoff notices. On Friday, the Philadelphia School District notified more than 3,000 employees of layoffs.
Sun-Times photojournalists who were fired last week staged a protest rally – along with some of their family members, former colleagues and other supporters – outside the newspaper’s offices in the River North neighborhood on Thursday.
With 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.
In an unprecedented move, the Chicago Sun-Times has laid off nearly its entire staff of photographers.
Ahead of a key government jobs report to be issued Friday, a Chicago firm said layoffs are picking up in the U.S.