SAFETY BOOT REIMBURSEMENT

IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR ANSI COMPLIANT SAFETY SHOES FOR WORK, NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN IN YOUR RECEIPT.

STREETS AND SANITATION HAS NOT PROVIDED THE SHOE TRUCK, AS IT HAS IN THE PAST, BUT YOU ARE STILL ENTITLED TO RECEIVE YOUR BOOT REIMBURSEMENT UP TO $100 FOR THE YEAR 2020.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED YOUR BOOTS TURN IN THE RECEIPT.

IF YOU HAVE YET TO PURCHASE YOUR WORK BOOTS FOR THIS YEAR, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO SO NOW.

WE ANTICIPATE SOME DELAYS IN PAYMENTS DUE TO THE COVID CRISIS SO THE SOONER YOU SUBMIT YOUR RECEIPT THE SOONER YOU CAN EXPECT PAYMENT.

AS ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF THE RECEIPT FOR YOUR RECORDS.

A Message from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

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Labor Day is Our Day

On this Labor Day, more than ever we must lay claim to the holiday and all that it stands for: recognition of the working men and women whose sacrifice, struggle and sweat has always carried us from challenge to triumph and moved our nations forward.

Through wars, recessions, depressions and pandemics, it has been workers and their unions on the frontlines, and no one has been more willing than the strong, proud and united members of LIUNA across the U.S. and Canada.

LIUNA members have risked their livelihoods and even their lives for justice, honor and strength for all workers, and we continue to do so today. It is LIUNA members and all essential workers who keep our economy afloat in these historic, turbulent times.

Labor Day is a time to reflect and commemorate all that has been accomplished. It is LIUNA members who continue to build and maintain North America despite the COVID-19 crisis. It is LIUNA members in the federal and public sector, in healthcare and those in the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, who continue to go to work every day, to serve the needs of our communities, our states, our provinces and our countries.

On this day, we must also recommit ourselves to fight against the anti-union, anti-worker forces of evil that threaten both unions and the middle class. We must combat efforts to gut our pay and benefits, push back on so-called right-to-work laws and the dismantling of the Davis Bacon Act. It is also imperative that we protect the right to negotiate in the public and private sector and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

As always, may every LIUNA member feel the power, be the power and use the power! On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish you and your family a safe, meaningful and well-deserved Labor Day.

Emergency Travel Order Update

Last month, the Chicago Department of Public Health issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the state.  This included both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state.

The list of designated states is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect that Friday.  As of this Friday, August 28th, the following states and U.S. territory will be covered under the Emergency Travel Order: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Additional information on the Emergency Travel Order, as well as the regularly updated list of designated states, can be found here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html.

City employees, like all residents and visitors, are subject to the Emergency Travel Order.  If an employee travels to a designated state, they are required to quarantine for 14 days upon return. The following guidelines apply to City employees returning from travel to a designated state:

  • If an employee’s position allows them to telework, they should continue teleworking as normal during the quarantine period.
  • For employees who cannot telework:
    • If the employee was traveling before the Tuesday that the state was added to the list of designated states and returns to Chicago within 1 week of that designation, quarantine time will be covered under the COVID-19 Sick Leave Policy Addendum, which means that the employees will not have to use his or her time to cover the quarantine.
    • If the employee began their travel after the Tuesday that the state was added to the list of designated states or does not return within 1 week of that designation, the employee may use leave time granted under federal regulations related to COVID-19 if the employee is eligible for such leave, or their own benefit time, including regular sick or vacation time, to cover the quarantine.
  • If you need to travel for emergency reasons, such as medical treatment or a family funeral, you should notify your HR staff of the need to travel prior to traveling and provide reasonable documentation supporting the need for the travel.  In such cases, your quarantine time may be covered under the COVID-19 Sick Leave Policy Addendum.

Please contact your department’s HR staff with any questions.

Thank you for your continued compliance with the Emergency Travel Order and for all your efforts to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

Census Day at Work!

City employees who complete the Census on or before August 17th can enter the drawing, and one person in each department will win an extra day off. Winners will receive an additional administrative leave day, which must be used by 12/31/2020 and cannot be carried over or paid out. Winners must follow their department’s normal rules for requesting a day off. All entries must be received by midnight on August 17, 2020.

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Chicago tree trimmers show during a destructive storm why there are none better

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Aldermen have accused city tree trimmers of being “inefficient,” but on Monday and Tuesday they responded to 925 emergency complaints in less than 24 hours.

Last month, Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, was quoted by a local newspaper as saying: “We maintain an inefficient tree-trimming system, lose trees due to disease and opaque removal processes, and reinforce long-standing inequities in the delivery of city services.”

Waguespack was piggybacking on a 2019 report by City Inspector General Joe Ferguson that said the city could save up to 60% on the average cost of trimming a tree. Waguespack and Aldermen George Cardenas, 12th, and Samantha Nugent, 39th, want to create a board to run a better forestry program.

So where are the aldermen now? Here’s a novel idea: How about the three of them take a walk out their front doors and look at the devastation caused by Monday’s storm. Maybe talk to their constituents. Who has been out there cleaning up their wards?

Must be the men and women of those “inefficient” city crews. Right, aldermen?

Men and women who have been working 16-hour days. Who have been using heavy, high-powered chain saws, chippers and lifts to cut and remove trees blocking streets all across the city. Who are exhausted but still on the job because they are dedicated to the city they live in and work for.

That’s right — every one of them lives in Chicago. They are not out-of-town contractors who have no stake in the city except on pay day. And, speaking of that, maybe someone should explain to the aldermen how the union that represents these men and women won the work several years back because city forestry workers come substantially cheaper than any private contractor.

Monday’s storm created more than 3,600 emergency tree requests. All city forestry crews were on deck well into the night. Men and women who have families waiting for them to come home safely. Men and women who have been at work every day since the pandemic began because they are deemed “essential workers” by the city and therefore not covered by the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which all forestry contractors are.

In other words, these Chicago workers could not receive paid time off to care for family members and children out of school.

While many other people have been on pandemic lock-down, these Chicago workers have continued to report to work and do what they do best, serve the residents of Chicago. And on Monday, like on every other day, they did.

That’s right, aldermen, these inefficient city tree trimmers responded to 925 emergency complaints in less than 24 hours, though they were understaffed and exhausted.

Instead of criticizing them, maybe you should be out there thanking them. Maybe you should stop playing politics with people’s lives. And if this truly is about money, then do your homework — no one is cheaper and better at what they do than the City of Chicago tree trimmers, period.

Give them the resources and manpower they need and deserve and they will show you why they are the best in the business.

Thanks to all the city tree trimmers. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Keep up the good work and be safe.

Bob Chianelli
Assistant Business Manager
LiUNA Local Union 1001

 

A Message to All City of Chicago Employees

Colleagues,

With more of our colleagues and partners returning from telework, we remain committed to maintaining the safest possible work environment and doing our part to contain the spread of COVID-19 while keeping our recovery on track. With the City of Chicago having entered Phase IV of its reopening plan (Gradually Resume), the pandemic continues and it’s easy to get complacent. What will keep us safe as a city is continued vigilance and strict adherence to the policies we put in place to keep both you and our residents safe.

Stay home if you are sick 

Please, please, please, stay home if you are sick. The City’s COVID Sick Leave Policy Addendum remains in effect, and if you have symptoms of COVID you will not be required to use your own benefit time to remain at home. Few actions are more important to stop the spread of the disease than staying away from work if you are ill. Additionally, if you have been tested for COVID because you have symptoms or due to a known exposure, you should remain at home until you have received a negative test result.

Practice Social Distancing and wear a mask 

As you know, a face covering must be worn at all times when entering City facilities and within all common areas within City facilities. This includes conference rooms, break rooms, hallways and elevators. A face covering may be removed while alone in an office or at a workspace that is separated by at least six feet from any other individual. This mandate applies inside all City facilities

This requirement has been phased-in with an emphasis on education, but enforcement will be stepped up. Any employee found in noncompliance of the mask requirement may be subject to discipline. The bottom line is all City employees should plan on wearing a mask or other appropriate face covering while at work. We must set an example for the public who rely on us for guidance, as well as a source of reassurance in what remain very uncertain times. The City distributed cloth face masks to all personnel in April, and has since distributed additional masks as a courtesy. For more information about the effectiveness of face coverings in slowing the spread of COVID-19, as well as how to create one at home, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

For employees who interact with residents, rest assured that the same requirements are in effect for members of the public entering our buildings to receive services. No individual will be allowed into a City building or facility without a proper face covering and they must follow social distance protocols.

Additionally, in-person meetings are still strongly discouraged, and any meeting that can be held virtually should be held online.

Each department has its own social distancing plan and COVID safety officers who will continue to make sure we stay safe while at work.

Emergency Travel Order 

On Thursday, July 2, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This policy applies to City employees. I know many of you are planning travel and summer vacations. Please be safe and smart and stay away from the states on the list. If you travel to one of those states, you will be required to quarantine upon your return, and with limited exceptions the City will not provide COVID leave for the period of quarantine. Please contact your HR staff with questions, or if you have an emergency that requires a trip (i.e. a funeral) before you travel.

We have been working diligently with department heads, union leaders, public health officials, and experts in the field to ensure that the safety and well-being of everyone at the city remains paramount.  You have a big part to play in our response. We value and appreciate all that you do for the city and its residents, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to make sure you stay safe while delivering the critical public services that our residents depend on.

Maurice Classen | Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor 

LiUNA GP Terry O’Sullivan Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2020) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today:

Today, with the passing of Congressman John Lewis, we have lost an icon, a legend and an American hero whose actions created an irreversible tide for justice that continues to seek higher ground to this day.

Congressman Lewis was the very definition of courage, tenacity, and integrity. When he stood with a new generation of fighters for civil rights and voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, he awakened the conscience of our country and spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Despite bullwhips, barbed wire, teargas, and a billy club that fractured his skull, and despite all the injustices rained down upon him and his brothers and sisters, he sought no refuge in bitterness. He was bigger than hate, and while he would forgive, he never backed up and never backed down, and he would never forget the struggle for justice and equality.  Throughout his career Congressman Lewis inspired millions and became the moral authority of our Congress and of our nation.

During the 1963 March on Washington, long before arriving in Congress, John Lewis was the youngest of those who spoke to the massive crowd. His voice was among the most urgent and was telling of the challenge our nation faced and continues to face. “Wake up, America, wake up,” he said. “For we cannot stop and we will not be patient.”

Every LIUNA member, and every American owes Congressman Lewis a debt of gratitude that we must repay by effectuating the changes he fought for his entire life. We must now all commit ourselves to the ‘good trouble’ that Congressman Lewis led with grace and tenacity. May his family be consoled, and may he rest in peace, and his eternal presence continue to be the best example of the soul of our nation.

Important Quarantine Information if you are traveling!

Below is the City of Chicago Employee policy update concerning non business related travel.

Any employees who are subject to the quarantine because they departed the state on or after Monday July 6, and subject themselves to quarantine upon return, must use their own benefit time or take an unpaid leave.

For city employees in transit as of Midnight Monday when the order becomes effective, the City will provide COVID leave to returning employees during the period of their quarantine provided that such employees return to the city before Monday July 13.

Tragic loss of a member, a friend, a mom.

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Over this past weekend we tragically lost a member, a friend, a mom, Hortencia Guerrero. Her smile and joyful spirit helped so many get through our sometimes difficult days that we all have on the job.

We ask everyone to remember her and her daughter who was also injured in the horrific accident in your prayers. We will miss your smile Hortencia, RIP.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the hard working LiUNA dads that make our Union Proud.

To all the LiUNA Local 1001 dads who are the coaches, mentors, leaders in our neighborhoods, wards and city,  we wish you a Happy Father’s Day!

Keep up the great work both on and off the job, you’re strength and dedication to your family, community and your Union will continue to move us forward.

City of Chicago Employee Support Services

To all City Employees:

The past three months have been challenging for everyone – whether balancing childcare and working from home, working on the front lines with residents, or in the field maintaining critical infrastructure and services, concerns about our health and the future have weighed on many of our minds. And recent weeks have brought new and different challenges and anxieties – it is a difficult time for the country, our City, and for us as public servants. 

 Following are resources that are available to all City employees and may be helpful during this time:

  • The City’s Employee Assistance Program offers professional mental health services at no cost to City of Chicago employees on an individual and confidential basis. These services cover a wide range of personal concerns, including stress, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and family conflict, as well as referral to financial counseling resources. More information can be found here on the City’s intranet, by calling 312-744-9711, or by emailing DHREAP@cityofchicago.org.
  • In addition, NAMI Chicago provides a free, confidential Helpline at 833-626-4244. The Helpline offers help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can connect you with over 700 resources specific to your needs. Additional information can be found here.
  • Employees enrolled in a City of Chicago healthcare plan have access to mental health support services under the HMO and PPO benefits plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Details regarding these services may be found in the attached benefits summary document.

We hope that these resources are helpful to you and we greatly appreciate your continued service. Your health and well-being are important to the City and to the residents that we serve every day, and the work that you do is even more essential during these difficult times. 

A Message from Mayor Lightfoot to City Employees

City of Chicago Employees: 

These past few days have been among the most challenging our city has ever faced. Our Chicago family has gone through–and continues to go through–a range of emotions. First was the shock, grief, and anger at the murder of George Floyd. What is most heartbreaking is the clear evidence that America’s original sin, slavery and the oppression of the Black body, persists today, not insidiously or secretly, but openly. 

Then came the desire to speak up, speak out, to raise our voices against this injustice, and to make the world hear our righteous indignation. As I said earlier in this evening’s State of the City address, we know that the anger on our streets isn’t just about George Floyd. It’s about Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd, Jon Burge’s victims, the 1919 race riots, Fred Hampton, and the countless other victims of state violence against Black people. It’s about racism, intolerance, and brutality here in our own city over decades; issues that motivated me to run for mayor and ​that I was elected to address. I, like all of you and the many peaceful protesters who came out over the past few days, share a heartache and a thirst for change.

Then came the sadness, heartache and fear at seeing our city ripped apart by the relatively few among the crowds who perverted this moment to their criminal aims. No one has the right to do what we are seeing in our city. No one can burn our homes, wreck our livelihoods and wreak havoc. We saw officers injured, storefronts smashed and looted, cars burned, property vandalized, people shot. This is criminal conduct that sets back our collective work to build a better and more inclusive city. I cannot stand by and watch that happen.

But through it all, I have tremendous pride in seeing how you have risen to this moment. Our police officers have performed honorably and professionally in the face of heinous provocation, putting themselves at great personal risk. Our Fire Department has been working around the clock saving lives, homes, and businesses. Streets & San and CDOT workers have been out in the streets alongside them–deeply involved in the response. OEMC, CTA, CPS, BACP, DOB, and more; I am so proud that you are part of our family and that I get to call myself your mayor. 

But the emotions I feel most deeply, at the root of my soul, are resolve, determination and commitment to making sure we come out of this crisis a stronger and better city. Working together, we will restore our wounded neighborhoods, fulfill our commitment to meaningful reform, and confront the entrenched legacy of racism head on. 

Tomorrow, we will move into phase three to Cautiously Reopen our city and on June 8, we are on track to reopen many of our city services. I’ve attached a press release with the latest transit guidance as many of you return to work over the next several days. Right now, what we need is for our businesses to reopen and our employees to get back to work in a way that is supportive to both their health and their safety. And as with everything we do, we need to do with equity and inclusion as our North Stars.

Loving this city means showing up to protect our neighbors, our businesses, and our values. The arc of the universe only bends toward justice if we work together to dismantle these systems of oppression and build a better tomorrow. I am eager to continue building with you.   

Thank you,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

A Memorial Day Message from LiUNA

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For many of us this Memorial Day weekend will be unlike any other in our lifetime, as our nation struggles with the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19. This weekend, many of us will spend time with family and enjoy a day off that marks the transition to summer. But while we have a holiday, tens of thousands of brave men and women in the Armed Services – including many LIUNA members – will have no respite. They and their families accept daily hardships and dangers in order to protect our democracy and freedom.

We owe these patriotic men and women, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in defense of our nation, a debt of gratitude. This weekend, take a moment to reflect and honor all those who have served. As we do so, let us also continue to build a stronger LIUNA and country, so that returning veterans have opportunities to prosper when their service has ended.

On behalf of myself, LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire General Executive Board, I wish each and every one of you an enjoyable and meaningful Memorial Day.

Thanks to our members, Cuda Law and BarTucci’s

After eight weeks traveling across the City we have reached full circle to where the appreciation lunches for our dedicated hard working essential members of LiUNA Local 1001 started, BarTucci’s. We would also like to thank Cuda Law for their show of support once again. And we would be remise if we did not mention all of the hard work and time put in by Skip and David coordinating and shooting the video’s at every event. And to those who stepped up to pitch in, Michelle, Ray, Lee, and honestly too many others to list here. Our members have been great through this long pandemic and deserve more thanks and gratitude than we can give them. We will get through this together because:

We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere! 

 

Please Read this City Memo

Below is an important part of a memo from the Mayor’s office that you should receive from your supervisor but we seriously doubt that so we are posting it for you to read. Please take a minute to read this, it may affect your health and your job.


CITY OF CHICAGO EMPLOYEE ANNOUNCEMENT – MAY 15, 2020

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. You have an obligation to help make the workplace safe for all employees, as well as citizens who interact with City employees during work hours. Therefore, you must not come to work, and must notify your supervisor and/orHR liaison, if any of the following applies to you:

• You exhibit any symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (fever or new/worse cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing);

• You’ve been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results;

• You tested positive for COVID-19; and/or

• You were told by a health care professional to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

Employees also have an obligation to report a positive test to the department safety officer to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You will be paid COVID-19 leave if you miss work for any of the reason listed above, and this time off does not affect any of your accrued benefit time. For more information, see the City of Chicago’s Sick Leave Policy Addendum or contact your HR Liaison. If you are absent from work for any of the reasons listed above, the department may require you to telework if you are able to do so. If you violate these policies and knowingly come to work while sick with COVID-19, you face potential discipline.

Again, DO NOT come to work if you have reason to believe you may have COVID-19 based on symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, instructed to quarantine due to exposure to the virus, or tested for COVID19 and awaiting results.

Thanks to our members, Maxwell St. Depot and Serowka Law

For the second time is just a few short weeks a local restaurant, Maxwell St. Depot and the Serowka Law firm wanted to show their appreciation to the hard working members of LiUNA Local 1001 for the excellent job they are doing during this pandemic. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude. Thanks Lee and thank you the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Thanks to our members and GWC Law

A local law Firm, GWC Law,  contacted Local 1001 and wanted to show their appreciation to the Loop Operations Laborers who are keeping Chicago’s Loop clean and running during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a short video of today’s show of gratitude from GWC Law, and the great men and women of LiUNA Local 1001!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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We would like to wish all the hard working mom’s of LiUNA a Happy Mother’s Day and especially the mom’s of LiUNA Local 1001. We recognize and appreciate your dedication to your family and to this great Union of ours. Enjoy ladies you’ve earned it! Feel the Power! We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

A Special Message From Your Union on the 2020 US Census

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Be Counted!

LIUNA members are being encouraged to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census, which will help determine congressional and state legislative district lines, as well as allot federal resources for transportation, infrastructure, and education.
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If you have not already done so, please take the time to respond to the 2020 Census today. Make sure to count everyone living in your household.  Encourage those in your inner circle to do the same.

Respond today online, by phone, or by mail. Shape your future today.
More information is available at www.census.gov.

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 3-9

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Honoring Our Nation’s Public Employees Today and Every Day

Washington, DC (May 4, 2020) – LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan made the following statement on this year’s Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 3-9.

As we mark Public Service Recognition Week, we should both honor and support those who serve our nation by providing vital services for federal, state, and local governments. LIUNA is proud to represent more than 50,000 public sector workers.

As we confront the pandemic, many public workers are on the frontlines facing unique and unprecedented risks. LIUNA thanks you for your courage and for putting the needs of others before your own. Every single American owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.

We must also continue to be vigilant in working together to protect the health and safety as well as wages and benefits of those in the public sector for all that they do to keep us safe and make all of our lives better.

LIUNA stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with public sector workers during Public Service Recognition Week and every day of the year.