Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
City Council's $3.7 million allowance:
How aldermen spent taxpayer money
By Hal Dardick, Ryan Mark, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer | Tribune Staff
Aug. 15, 2009
Aldermen hired relatives, friends and campaign workers, leased automobiles and rented downtown parking spaces with money from their taxpayer-funded expense accounts, according to city databases and public records compiled by the Tribune.
The aldermen's expense allowance more than doubled in 2008 to $73,280 each from $33,280. Half of the city's 50 aldermen spent more than $70,000 of last year’s allowance. The municipal code of the City of Chicago defines appropriate uses for the allowance but allows broad discretion by the City Council members. Oversight is minimal. Aldermen are merely told to ensure that their spending is legal.
Aldermen spent $132,788 on automobile leases, $28,186 on downtown parking spots and $11,277 on bottled water. The city last year allocated up to $3.7 million for expenses; aldermen spent $3.1 million.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Posted at Montrose and Mulligan.
Hmmmm. Doesn't look like savings to me!
Equipment Operator $42.00 hr.
TRUCK DRIVERS $32.90 hr.
Cement Masons $41.85 hr.
Electricians $39.40 hr.
Laborer $34.75 hr.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
IT’S TRUE OUR LOCAL
FOR THE PAST 3 ½ YEARS FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE HAS FOUGHT THE EX-OFFICIALS CORRUPTION BY MAKING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.
FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND DEMANDED MEMBERSHIP INVOLVEMENT IN ALL THE LOCAL’S PRACTICES.
FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE HAS CONSISTENTLY INFORMED MEMBERS OF THEIR UNION RIGHTS AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO TAKE BACK THE
THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES AND TRIALS UNION STEWARDS AND RANK AND FILE MEMBERS HAVE BECOME STRONGER AND MORE UNITED IN THE CHALLENGES THEY HAVE FACED TOGETHER. THIS FIGHT MUST GO ON!
JUSTICE HAS NOW PREVAILED FOR ALL THE HARD WORKING TEAMSTERS OF LOCAL 726. LIKE ALWAYS, FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND PRESERVE THE MEMBERS INTERESTS!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
August 03, 2009
National Teamsters takes over City Hall truck drivers' union
Posted by Dan Mihalopoulos at 4:06 p.m.
The local labor group that represents City Hall's truck drivers was taken over today by the Washington, D.C.-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
In a telephone interview, IBT spokesman Galen Munroe confirmed the move affecting Teamsters Local 726.
"Local 726 was put into trusteeship today," Munroe said. "Beyond that, we can't comment."
Local 726 leaders did not return calls seeking comment. City sources said the local's top official, Tom Clair, resigned Friday.
Last month, Clair and other local leaders rejected Mayor Richard Daley's demands for pay cuts, including unpaid furlough days and compensatory time off instead of overtime pay, which is promised under the union's contract with the Daley administration.
Daley then laid off 141 city truck drivers whose duties include driving garbage trucks and snow plows. The Teamsters were one of two labor groups that declined to make contract concessions.
City truck driver Vince Tenuto Jr., who lost the last union election to Clair in 2007, said today he and other members had brought allegations of wrongdoing against the local's leadership to the attention of union officials in Washington.
But Tenuto said he supported the local leadership's rejection of the mayor's demands.
"This does not hurt the Teamsters," Tenuto said. "Daley will not beat the Teamsters."