CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of workers at the central offices of the Chicago Public Schools were getting layoff notices on Friday, as the district tries to plug a $480 million budget hole.
It was a very sad morning for those now out of a job. CPS managers were calling employees into their offices on an individual basis throughout the morning to inform them of the layoffs.
Gail Ratliff, who worked for the department of network support was among the 227 handed pink slips today
“This is a stream of revenue,” she told CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker. “It’s a way to pay my bills. It’s a way to send my kids to college but it’s not the only employer in the city.
“They just say thank you. Times are hard. You work for 26 years and they say so long.”
At 9 a.m., all administrative staff at CPS headquarters downtown sat in an informational meeting. Immediately after that meeting, bosses started handing out pink slips. CPS officials said a total of 227 employees received layoff notices. Of those, 57 were given the option to apply for 35 other positions, for a net of 192 layoffs.
The central office, which includes satellite locations across the city, had a staff of about 1,100 employees at the start of the day Friday. In addition to the 192 net layoffs, another 180 vacant positions were eliminated. Another 61 administrative positions have been closed since Aug. 1, according to CPS.