Aldermen broaden umbrella to save Rahm’s home-loan program for high-crime areas

By Fran Spielman – Chicago Sun-Times

Two years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel set aside $3 million to provide “forgivable,” $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters in hopes it would stabilize high-crime neighborhoods.

The program has been a bust, with just 13 loans and two pending — either because the income ceiling is too low or the boundaries are too narrow.

On Tuesday, the City Council’s Budget Committee moved to salvage the program by changing the name, broadening the umbrella of eligible recipients and expanding the geographic area where homes may be purchased.

Instead of confining the program to police officers, firefighters and paramedics in six police districts, the loans also will be made available to rank-and-file members of Laborers Locals 1001 and 1092.

Those unions represent several thousand employees of the city Department of Streets and Sanitation, Aviation and Water Management. Those unions have been among Emanuel’s biggest supporters — both financially, and in their willingness to agree to work rule and pension concessions.

Joe Healy, business manager of Laborers Local 1092, said he’s confident there will be plenty of takers.

“We’ve got over 450 members who live in those areas. Multiple members have been asking to be included in this program,” Healy said. “They are anchors of those communities already. They are anxious to put down roots and become homeowners in the communities they already live in.”

The name of the program will also change. It’s no longer the “Public Safety Office Homebuyers Assistance Program.” It’ll now be called “Community Connection Homebuyers Assistance.”

Details of the new and expanded targeted area are still in flux, under the ordinance championed by Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), whose impoverished ward will be home to the new $95 million police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park.

It simply allows for “such additional police districts and census tracts as shall be designated by” the city’s housing commissioner.

“We have some laborers coming on with the city who may want to take advantage of it. They’re coming into the apprenticeships program. They’ll now have an opportunity to be first-time homebuyers,” Mitts said Tuesday.

Mitts said she is also “open to having a conversation” with mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot about changing the eligibility requirements and raising the income ceiling needed to qualify for the $30,000 loans.

For now, the income ceiling remains 150 percent of the median area income. When the program was launched, that was roughly $82,950 a year for single officers and $118,500 a year for a family of four. That essentially confined the assistance to younger officers, which might have been part of the problem.

Eligible employees must secure a mortgage from a private lender to buy a single-family home or two-flat that would become their primary residence. They also must agree to live in the homes for the entire 10-year period.

If not, they are required to repay $3,000 for every year of the 10 years that they don’t live there.

The earlier program was confined to parts of six police districts that need both the economic shot in the arm and the added safety that comes with having police officers, firefighters and paramedics as residents.

Those neighborhoods included parts of Auburn-Gresham; Austin; Brighton Park; Chatham; East and West Garfield Park; Englewood and West Englewood; Gage Park; Greater Grand Crossing; Humboldt Park; New City, and North and South Lawndale.

When the program was launched, Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) urged Emanuel to extend the incentive to “other areas that are now considered to be Tier 2 police districts.”

“There is crime being experienced in those districts. I call those communities ‘on the bubble.’ You want to be able to keep families in those communities. The extent to which the city shows its interest in putting resources in those community is very important,” Dowell said then.

Ald. Michael Scott (24th) has questioned how the city would “police the police” and make certain that officers are not “getting this $30,000, getting a home and renting it out.”

“This is an important program — especially in a community like mine where there is violence on a day-to-day basis,” Scott said on that day.

“To make sure that we have first responders there engaging with the community goes a long way to bridge the gap that we currently have between community and police, but also to stabilize communities like north Lawndale and East and West Garfield.”

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley tried a similar incentive in the early 1990s, with only mixed results.

Police officers buying homes for the first time in nine low- or moderate income neighborhoods were given $5,000 subsidies and required to make a down payment of just 3 percent of the purchase price.

Emanuel’s plan was more generous in hopes that the incentive would be enough to lure a fresh crop of newly hired police officers to buy homes in areas plagued by gang violence.

But, that plan plan barely moved the needle either, setting the stage for the changes made Tuesday.

JOB/BID ANNOUNCEMENT AOS I MIDWAY

AIRPORT OPERATIONS SUPVSR I   Job Number: 319615

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HANDCORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF N.A., LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT #54). 

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 2

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Visually inspect the condition and maintenance of airfield facilities and surrounding perimeter (e.g., runways, taxiways, ramps, safety areas) to ensure surfaces are free of safety hazards, obstructions and debris and in good physical condition
  • Request emergency repairs and monitor work crews on the airfield performing work such as pavement repairs (e.g. potholes), removal of debris and other safety hazards from airfield, and the repair of airfield lighting and signage equipment
  • Prepare documentation and reports of airfield inspections, findings and irregularities and maintain daily log of activities / operations logs
  • Issue and cancel Notice to Airman (NOTAMS) to provide current information on aviation and airfield conditions including the opening and closing of runways to FAA air traffic control
  • Monitor weather service reports, check surface conditions and temperatures and advise city personnel, contractors and other aviation personnel of weather conditions
  • Assist senior level Airport Operations Supervisors II in implementing procedures to control access and movement of personnel on the airfield, closing and opening runways and other airfield areas, and approving proper placement of barricades
  • Act as a liaison to the FAA, airport administration and the operations tower, monitoring and directing the reporting and dissemination of information relating to construction work, emergency situations and other incidents affecting aircraft movement and field conditions
  • Assist in providing appropriate level of response in emergency situations including monitoring responders, taking actions to ensure operational integrity of airfield and maintaining communications with airport management and the operations tower
  • Respond to inquiries regarding the status of airfield facilities and maintenance issues
  • Coordinate snow removal operations on the airfield and conduct runway and taxiway assessments after cleaning procedures
  • Take appropriate action to clear aircraft operating areas and airfield of wildlife hazards
  • And, other job related duties as assigned

Location:                     Midway International Airport

Address:                     AMC Building, 6200 S. Laramie Avenue, Chicago

Shift:                           Varies

Hours/Days Off:          Varies

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Two years of airfield operations work experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required. Must obtain airfield certification within six months of hire.

Work environment requires the ability to operate an SUV and truck and requires the ability to climb two flights of stairs through a narrow passageway. Some lifting (up to 25 pounds) is required.

NOTE:  This position requires the selected incumbent to be available nights, weekends, and holidays based on operational needs. In addition, outside work/inspection is required with possible exposure to fumes, dust, noise, and work in all weather conditions.

NOTE: The candidates selected for hire must pass an airport background check and a Security Threat Assessment.

APPLY ONLINE NOW!

Thanks to All!

As a 40 plus year member of LiUNA Local 1001 I have seen a lot, been thru a lot both personally and as a member of this great Union.

Over time just like with most everything else the freshness and enthusiasm can wear off and admittedly it has done so with my dreams and dedication for our Union.

For the first time in history Local 1001 put it out to the membership to take a survey on what candidate they would support, and the participation, although the time period was very short, was great.

Just two weeks ago our Union decided to get into the Mayor’s race here in Chicago and endorse Lori Lightfoot.

Within 48 hours of that announcement, at our Monthly Membership Meeting, the members began stepping up and had a huge presence at the Lightfoot rally on that same Sunday.

I was there and honestly was overwhelmed by the crowd of orange in the room, including Lori Lightfoot herself sporting a Local 1001 orange windbreaker that one of your e-board members had given to her.

And just a few days later the number of volunteer members who I witnessed at the Local 1001 office to phone bank and the number of members of volunteers who signed up on line was amazing to me.

This past Saturday the great members of Local 1001 showed the strength of our Local Union by coming out to one of Lightfoot’s rally’s in Pilsen, again a lasting impression on everyone who was able to be there and I was proud to stand with all of you.

And I would like to also mention the hundreds and hundreds of members who supported this Local Union, Lori Lightfoot and the other Aldermanic Candidates in this election cycle by coming out to vote for our candidates.  All of you were amazing.

You have inspired me to continue on with the freshness and enthusiasm that I had over 40 years ago for this Local Union and its members.

I am proud of each and every one of you and I promise the energy and spirit you have revived in me will continue to motivate me to best serve this great Union of ours.

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

 

Thanks to all of you from a proud 40 year Local 1001 member.

Bob Chianelli

LIGHTFOOT WINS!

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Congratualtions to the next Mayor of the City of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot. We know the support that the members of LiUNA Local 1001 helped elect Lori Lightfoot and we would like to thank all of the volunteers who stepped up the last several weeks to carry us into victory. We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

Go Vote!

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The day is here, if you haven’t voted yet please do. Your vote is important, every vote is important today. If you’ve already voted please remind your family, friends, and neighbors how important it is to come out today and vote for Lori Lightfoot. Who your Local Union will have to negotiate and represent you to is up to you today. Local 1001 is proud to endorse Lori Lightfoot for our next Mayor of the City of Chicago and we are asking for your support to Bring in the Light! We’re Union and We Ain’t Going Nowhere!

LiUNA Local 1001 Supports Lori Lightfoot!

With three more days left to go before the election the brothers and sisters of LiUNA Local 1001 did it again and proudly wore the orange to support the next Mayor of the City of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot! Bring in the Light and bring on the LiUNA orange, you could just feel the power in the room today, Laborers’ Vote, Laborers’ Win on Tuesday April 2, 2019 show your power and vote for Lori Lightfoot!

Local 1001 Bringing in the Light!

A big thank you to all the Local 1001 volunteers who came to the Union Hall to phone bank for the next Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot. We are proud of everyone who has come out to the rallys, phone banks and canvassing so far. We ask all of you to keep the momentum going right up until Tueday, April 2 when hopefully we can all stand toghether and Bring in the Light. If you can spare an hour or two in the next few days please go to the Volunteer for Lori Lightfoot tab on our app and sign up. The members of Local 1001 have been an inspiration to us all, keep up the good work so we can all stand together in victory on election day.

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Latinos for Lori Lightfoot Rally

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Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot sporting a LiUNA Local 1001 jacket at her Northwest Side Latinos for Lori rally this afternoon.

We would like to thank all of the LiUNA Local 1001 volunteers who came out to support her and their Union and filled the room with LiUNA orange.

Feel the Power, Laborers’ Vote – Laborers’ Win!

Local 1001 Endorses Lori Lightfoot for Mayor!

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Laborers’ Local 1001 has officially endorsed Lori Lightfoot for Mayor of the City of Chicago. After taking many factors into consideration, including the membership’s input, face to face interviews and written responses with the two remaining Mayoral candidates, Local 1001 proudly announces our endorsement of Lori Lightfoot for Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Our members are the backbone of this great City of ours and we feel that Lori Lightfoot is the best choice to create additional job opportunites, protect our pensions and continue to support our partnership with the City of Chicago to protect our work and to expand the possibility of capturing even more work for the future.

We need you to help support Lori Lightfoot by asking your family and friends to vote for her and we ask you to show your support by volunteering whatever time you can at one of the various campaign offices by filling out our volunteer form.

Let’s make Lori Lightfoot the next Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Please click here to volunteer for Lori Lightfoot now!

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BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT SUPERVISING WATCHMAN

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT SUPERVISING WATCHMAN

Job Number: 319848

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THEBID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

This position is open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1001, Bargaining Unit 54.

Supervising Watchman

Department of Fleet and Facility Management

Number of positions: 1

Under supervision, position performs a combination of supervisory and administrative duties, working in the field or in the office overseeing staff and performing duties relating to maintaining the security and safety of facilities managed by the Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM), and performs related duties as required

Positions rotate between assignments in the field and desk duty monitoring security alarm and camera video security systems

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Monitors security alarm or camera/video systems from a central location (i.e., Incident Center at OEMC), responding to activated security alarms or viewing security cameras installed at facilities throughout the City (i.e., auto pounds, library branches)

Notifies personnel including 911-Police and Supervising Watchman in the field of activated alarms for investigation of unauthorized entry and deactivation of alarms

Prepares weekly work schedules and monitors daily attendance to ensure proper staffing and adequate security coverage of facilities

Receives scheduled calls from Watchmen reporting in from their locations and calls from city personnel reporting security and safety incidents and initiates appropriate level of response

Conducts inspection rounds to ensure Watchman are at assigned locations, in uniform and following security procedures to protect premises from unauthorized entry and vandalism

Drives a city vehicle to scheduled field sites not equipped with alarm or security camera systems and performs security checks including checking that exterior lighting is in working order and no forced entry

Prepares field reports documenting inspections, safety or security violations or other incidents during assigned shift; positions assigned to desk duty data enter information from reports into database and generate reports

Addresses and resolves employee performance issues; initiates disciplinary actions as required; reviews injury on duty forms; and approves time off and edit sheets

Activates and programs access key cards with approved entrance to specific facilities; performs routine maintenance on alarm and camera systems; maintains police report files and performs related administrative duties in the office to support security operations

 NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location:  Citywide

Hours:      10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Days:        Friday through Tuesday        Days Off: Wednesday through Thursday

Shift:         Night

Salary:      $26.85 per hour

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

Qualifications

Two years of work experience in performing security or watchman duties

A valid State of Illinois Driver’s License is required

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Standard Time (C.S.T.)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CST on April 1, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

Unposting Date: Apr 1, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

Apply online here… 

Early Voting Begins!

Early voting has begun so please don’t delay in getting you, your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, everyone, out to VOTE!

Voting is not a spectator sport, we all need to come out. Voters Win!

Below is a list of the early voting locations in Chicago for the April 2, 2019 election.

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Job/Bid Announcement – Field Saniation Specialist

BID ANNOUNCEMENT

JOB TITLE:   FIELD SANITATION SPECIALIST – Job Number: 319982

DEPARTMENT:  STREETS & SANITATION

These positions are open to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT 54).   Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

 IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT. 

YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO GET YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

 FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

 Number of Positions: 5

Under direction, conducts field sanitation inspections in an assigned district to ensure compliance with City of Chicago sanitation code and health and safety ordinances, and performs related duties as required

Apply online now…

Join the LiUNA Polar Plunge Team

Join the LiUNA Polar Plunge Team or make a donation to a great cause Special Olympics Chicago. All funds raised will benefit the Special Olympics Chicago athletes, covering program costs such as transportation, sports equipment, team uniforms and food. Through your participation, people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities and success.

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Join us for the 2019 Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 3rd. Sign up for the 11:00am Wave at the South Plunge area.

Take the challenge and jump in Lake Michigan for Special Olympics Chicago! All are welcome to join us, whether you go knee deep, waist high, or take the full plunge.

Make the #PolarPromise and register for the Chicago Polar Plunge today. See you Sunday, March 3rd, 2019!

Early Voting is Open in Chicago

In-Person Early Voting & Registration

For the Feb. 26 Municipal Election, Chicago voters will be able to use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25.

Any ballots that voters cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.

Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the registration, address, signature or if there are two voters with the same or similar names at the same address.
Registration services are available at every Early Voting site. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address update or a name change must show two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.

Printable Flyer With All Early Voting Locations & Hours

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Men and Women of LiUNA Local 1001 thank you!

To all the citizens of the City of Chicago,

My name is Bob Chianelli and I am a proud 40-year member of LiUNA Local 1001, right here in the City of Chicago.
My brothers and sisters of Local 1001 are the proud, dedicated, hard-working men and women who keep your airports clean and safe, your streets and sidewalks repaired, trim your trees, pick up your residential refuse and a myriad of other essential services for the City of Chicago.
Today I am personally grateful to each of these men and women who, unlike any of the private contractors, came out and serviced your airports, streets and alleys, as they do each and every day.
That is correct, those men and women were out there all day today, in the record setting cold, working to service you, the citizens of the City of Chicago.
Our members often get a bad rap for nothing more than being City workers but after today no one, and I mean no one, can question their dedication and commitment to their job as a City employee.
What they do each and every day mostly goes unnoticed but on days like today and tomorrow, when even the post office has suspended mail delivery, our men and women are out there doing what they are better at than any private contractor in the world.
So, if you see my brothers and sisters out in the dangerous cold doing their job under the worst conditions imaginable remember they are out there for you and I could not be any prouder of each and every one of them both as their brother union member and as a citizen of the City of Chicago.
Men and Women of LiUNA Local 1001 thank you for all that you do.

Job/Bid Announcement – General Laborer

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JOB TITLE:  GENERAL LABORER – STREETS & SANITATION

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Department:  STREETS & SANITATION

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT 54).   

 IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

 IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO GET YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

 FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

Number of Positions: 50  (SEASONAL)

 NOTE:  Eligible bid applicants may also be used to fill future vacancies in the Chicago Department of Aviation with a starting rate of $21.73

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Manually hang temporary NO PARKING signs for the Street Sweeping Program
  •  Load refuse carts by pushing/ wheeling carts to the back of refuse truck, positioning carts and operating hydraulic lever to lift, dump and compact the refuse into the truck’s hopper
  • Work on graffiti removal crews, using soda blasting equipment by positioning and aiming hoses to remove graffiti from surfaces of structures
  • Remove debris and bulk items to clean vacant lots, viaducts and homes under court ordered cleaning, shoveling, sweeping, and picking up garbage and loading onto trucks for removal
  • Bait rat burrows with rodenticides, carrying buckets of rodenticide pellets and placing them directly into burrow, closing off burrow entrance and re-baiting as needed
  • Clean and clear vacant lots and viaducts of debris, using shovels, picks, rakes and brooms to pick up and bag garbage and debris and load onto dump trucks
  • Mounts quick hitch plows to refuse trucks, shovels sand to fill sand bags and manually spreads sand; breaks up salt to ensure proper spreading; loads, unloads and sets up barricades

NOTE:  The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location:   various locations

 Days Off:  will vary

Shift:  various shifts

 

A Thank You from Commissioner John Tully

The thank you letter below from DSS Commissioner John Tully recognizes the hard work and dedication Local 1001 members do in the most adverse conditions. Local 1001 has worked with the Commissioner for many years and he has always been a class act. Thank you Commissioner Tully. screenshot 2019-01-22 11.34.45

A Message from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan on MLK day.

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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was not only a leader who ushered in a movement for justice, peace and reconciliation, but a man who changed the course of history. As we approach his birthday, it is time to honor his legacy and rededicate ourselves to the movement he helped launch.   To this day, the work Dr. King started, shapes our efforts and aspirations to build a more just and fair world and forge a nation where opportunity and prosperity are shared equally by all.

While all Americans have much to be thankful to Dr. King for, we owe a special debt for the work he did to advance the American Labor movement. Dr. King was firmly committed to the cause of working people and believed that the cause of labor was inextricably linked with racial justice and civil rights. From the first days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that brought him to national attention, to that tragic night in Memphis nearly 13 years later, Dr. King worked hand-in-hand with local and national labor leaders. Indeed, it was a local leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, E.D. Nixon, who recruited a young Reverend Dr. King to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1961, he denounced so-called “right-to-work” laws as “false slogans” designed “to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.”

While great progress has been made in the decades since his death, there is still work to be done. In Dr. King’s own words to galvanize striking sanitation workers in Memphis, “We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end.  Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through.” Dr. King literally gave his life fighting shoulder to shoulder with the labor movement. It’s up to each every one of us to build on his legacy, speak truth to power, fight for our livelihoods and ensure that workers’ rights and one’s civil rights are respected.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish you a happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and hope that you join me in taking inspiration from his incredible legacy.

A Thought for the New Year!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Over the last several months I have posted several pieces on what Union and more specifically this Union, LiUNA Local 1001, means to me, a 40-year member.

2018 has been, to say the least, a roller coaster year for organized labor and especially public employee unions like ours.

I have personally spoken to hundreds of you and hopefully have touched more than that with my postings. I make no secret or have no regrets for my thoughts and dedication to this organization and to each and every one of you.

The conversations and comments you have shared with me have been informative, educational and motivational for me personally and professionally.

I assure you that I hear your voice and although we may not always agree, your views and ideas are appreciated and considered by me in looking for ways to make our Union stronger and to prepare for and to survive whatever may come our way.

I have had members tell me that they may not always like me but they understand and respect what I have always tried to do for this Union and its membership. And honestly, I take that as a compliment.

We will have our challenges in 2019, a new Mayor, a new City Council, but with your support and dedication I am confident we will be able to take on all of the challenges that face us.

As I have told many of you “this is not my first rodeo”, when the dust settles it is and always has been my goal to ensure this organization’s members are in the best possible position they can be in.

None of us can do this alone and none of us is more important than the other but together we can and we have made this organization stronger in 2018, and I know with your help and support we will continue to do so in 2019.

It’s not always easy and it’s not always pretty but I promise each and every one of you that I will do my best for you as long as I have the privilege of representing you.

So to all, have a safe and Happy New Year!

Bob Chianelli – a proud member of LiUNA Local 1001

Job/Bid Announcement – CONCRETE LABORER – SEASONAL 

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE POSTING, THIS IS FOR AN ADDITIONAL 6 POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THAT’S 23 POSITIONS ADDED IN 3 DAYS, FEEL THE POWER! 

CONCRETE LABORER – SEASONAL

Job Number: 9539-CDOT-2018

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Transportation

Number of positions:  6 Seasonal positions

 These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foremen Local 1001 (Bargaining unit 54).

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”) 

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

Under immediate supervision, performs physically demanding manual labor relating to the laying and finishing of concrete for the construction, installation and repair of new or existing sidewalks, curbs and gutters, ramps and related construction projects, and performs related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Loads and unloads materials, tools and equipment from trucks and ensures needed tools and equipment are on work site and in proper working order
  • Operates and uses pneumatic jackhammers, sledgehammers and other power and hand tools to break out old pavement, concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters and other labor work
  • Operates skid-steer loaders to lift and remove concrete and other debris from work sites
  • Assists Cement Finishers by laying out framing materials and setting and putting down frames as directed
  • Prepares work site for concrete pour, using shovels and other hand tools to backfill area with sub-grade materials and to compact and level work area
  • Guides the pouring of concrete from trucks into forms and uses shovels and other hand tools to spread, level and prepare for Cement Finishers to smooth and finish concrete
  • Moves and transports freshly poured concrete from truck to work area using wheelbarrows; mixes and pours concrete in specified amounts as directed
  • Removes and cleans forms, boards and stakes once job is completed, cleans tools and ensures debris is removed from work site
  • Digs backfills and levels surface sub-grade for vaulted sidewalk construction jobs; backfills area with stone and compacts to build concrete walls
  • Backfills trenches and holes created in parkways due to construction jobs, level surface dirt, seeds and performs other light landscaping duties to restore areas
  • Cleans up work sites at completion of jobs, loading and removing debris, sweeping and clearing area and performing light landscaping duties to restore areas
  • Sets up barricades and safety cones to cordon off work areas and performs other related tasks in compliance with safety rules and regulations

NOTE:  The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

New hires will be sent to the Chicagoland Laborers Training and Apprentice Center for a one-week initial job training course. You must successfully complete the training course to remain employed by the Department of Transportation.

New hires will be paid as follows:

$29.90/hour for the first 1040 hours worked (70% of full rate)

$38.45/hour for the second 1040 hours worked (90% of full rate)

$42.72/hour after 2080 hours worked (100% full rate)

Location:  Department of Transportation

Days off:   Varies

Hours:       7:00am to 3:30pm

THESE ARE SEASONAL POSITIONS

Qualifications

One year of work experience as a general laborer on a construction work site.

A valid state of Illinois driver’s license is required.

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at C.S.T. Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59pm CST on January 12 , 2019. No exceptions will be made.

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer

Unposting Date: Jan 12, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 54

Salary: See posting for salary 

Job/Bid Announcement – Laborer Transportation Seasonal

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE POSTING, THIS IS FOR AN ADDITIONAL 11 POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

LABORER – TRANSPORTATION-SEASONAL

Job Number: 9534-CDOT-2018

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Transportation

Number of positions: 11 Seasonal positions

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foremen Local 1001 (Bargaining unit 54).

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”) 

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

Under immediate supervision, performs unskilled, physically demanding labor at new construction and repair and maintenance work sites or in the public way, and performs related duties as required. Positions are allocated primarily to the Department of Transportation, assignments including the Bureau of Electricity, In-House Construction and Sign Shop

New hires will be sent to the Chicagoland Laborers Training and Apprentice Center for a one-week initial job training course.  You must successfully complete the training course to remain employed by the Department of Transportation.

New hires will be paid the following:

$29.90/hour for the first 1040 hours worked (70% of full rate)

$38.45/hour for the second 1040 hours worked (90% of full rate)

$42.72/hour after 2080 hours worked (100% full rate)

Location: Department of Transportation

Days off:  Varies

Hours:      7:00 am to 3:30 pm

THESE ARE SEASONAL POSITIONS

Qualifications

One year of work experience as a general laborer on a construction work site

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at C.S.T. Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CST on January 11, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY ANDALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer

Unposting Date: Jan 11, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

Job/Bid Announcement Asphalt Laborer Seasonal

ASPHALT LABORER – SEASONAL   Job Number: 9464-CDOT-2018

Department of Transportation

Number of positions:  6 Seasonal positions

 These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foremen Local 1001 (Bargaining unit 54).

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

Under immediate supervision, performs physically demanding manual labor working with asphalt materials in the paving, re-surfacing, repair and maintenance of asphalt streets and alleys, and performs related duties as required

NOTE:  The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

New hires will be sent to the Chicagoland Laborers Training and Apprentice Center for a one-week initial job training course.  You must successfully complete the training course to remain employed by the       Department of Transportation.

New hires will be paid as follows:

$29.90/hour for the first 1040 hours worked (70% of full rate)

$38.45/hour for the second 1040 hours worked (90% of full rate)

$42.72/hour after 2080 hours worked (100% full rate)

Location:  Department of Transportation

Days off:   Varies

Hours:       7:00 am to 3:30 pm

THESE ARE SEASONAL POSITIONS

Qualifications

One year of work experience in the paving and repair of street surfaces using asphalt materials and/or related asphalt equipment.

A valid state of Illinois driver’s license is required.

Unposting Date: Jan 10, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

Happy Holidays from LiUNA!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As this year comes to an end, I want to take a moment on behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA Executive Board to wish each and every member of our union family the best of the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

This season is a time to reflect and to look ahead. It has been a landmark year for LIUNA, as our great International Union has continued to grow both in numbers and in strength, increasing our ability to fight for good jobs with the good pay and benefits necessary to sustain our families.

Across the U.S. and Canada, the day-in and day-out dedication and commitment of our half-million strong membership and leadership has continued to place us among the most effective, respected, and powerful of labor organizations.

As we take into account our accomplishments this year and move proudly on to the next, I am certain that our best days are ahead of us with even greater opportunities ahead.

To each of you and your families, I wish you a safe, healthy and prosperous 2019.

JOB BID ANNOUNCEMENT – FOREMAN OF LABORERS – CDOT

BID ANNOUNCEMENT   FOREMAN OF LABORERS – Electrical Operations

Job Number: 305616

Department of Transportation

This position is covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the County, Municipal Supervisors and Foreman-Local 1001 (Bargaining Unit 54).  Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

 IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.

YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER).

 FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION

 Number of Positions: 1

Under general supervision, functions as a working supervisor over work crews, including Laborers and participates in the performance of unskilled manual work of a physical nature at assigned maintenance, repair or sanitation jobs / work sites, and performs related duties as required.

See the full bid in the Jobs section of our app or apply on line here www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS 

Life Insurance Deadline is Approaching

As a reminder, all active 1001 members have $10,000 in life coverage and $5,000 in AD&D coverage that comes with your dues.

Everyone needs to fill out a new beneficiary form.  You can do this by going here or calling 1-888-212-7822.

Friday is the deadline to buy extra life insurance through the Midwest Coalition of Labor. You can buy anywhere from $10,000 to $200,000 in additional life and AD&D, as well as $30,000 in life coverage for your spouse, all at low rates with no medical questions.

You must call before the end of the month.

Happy Thanksgiving from LiUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

There is much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Holiday, not the least of which is the strength of LIUNA, which allows us to care for ourselves and our families. Personally, I am thankful for the work, skills, and dedication of each and every one of our half-million members. You build and strengthen not only our union, but also make our country a better place through your efforts on the job and in your communities.

As we give thanks and share time with our families and friends, let us also remember those who are not sharing our good holiday fortunes – those in the armed forces far from home, those struggling with personal loss or with other challenges. Let us always remember them and commit ourselves to salute those who keep us safe and to help those in need.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I wish each and every one of you and your families a safe, meaningful and enjoyable holiday.

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