LiUNA Apprenticeship Programs Protected

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your advocacy for LIUNA apprenticeship programs made a difference. The Department of Labor’s decision on IRAPs validated what you and your brothers and sisters already know, union registered apprenticeship programs are the gold standard. The final rule on apprenticeship ensures that LIUNA and the building trades first-class, cutting edge apprenticeship programs will continue to be the construction industry standard bearer.

This victory would not have happened without the extraordinary activism of LIUNA members in defense of our training and apprenticeship programs. The more than 88,000 comments submitted by our members is a testament to LIUNA’s solidarity, strength, and activism.

LIUNA thanks those in the Administration who supported  us and we are grateful for the many Members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who stood with us and weighed in with the Department of Labor to protect LIUNA apprenticeships. We will not forget their efforts.

We won this battle and we will be ready for whatever comes next. Whether it’s an attack on our wages, pensions, or our right to collectively bargain, we must remain vigilant.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I want to express our pride and our thanks for your commitment, your solidarity, and your determination. With the half-million strong, proud, and united brothers and sisters of LIUNA, there is nothing we can’t do.

May you always Feel the Power, Use the Power, and Be the Power!

Get the Facts: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease

What is the health risk from COVID-19 in Chicago?

The immediate health risk to the general public from COVID-19 in Chicago remains low at this time. There is no need at this point for people in Chicago to wear masks or cancel events, for example. CDPH is monitoring the situation carefully, with CDC, and will rapidly communicate any changes in this guidance.

Nationally, people in communities with ongoing community spread are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19, close contacts of persons with COVID-19, and travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In confirmed COVID-19 cases, illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Most cases of COVID-19 result in mild illness. To date, children also seem less likely to become ill. But people who are older and who have other health conditions are more likely to have serious illness. CDC reports that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How does the virus spread?

Although the virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

 

What is the treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific medicine to treat

at this time, though studies are underway. People with

receive supportive care from a health care professional. Supportive care means care to help relieve symptoms; for example, medicine to bring down fevers, or oxygen if a patient’s oxygen level is low.

 

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Development is underway but will likely take a year or more. The best way to prevent infection and transmission is to practice everyday preventative actions such as washing your hands often and staying home when sick.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases?

As with any respiratory virus, you can protect yourself and others by taking everyday common sense actions:

  •   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •   Stay home when you are sick.
  •   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  •   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness.

Remember that it’s also flu and respiratory disease season and CDPH recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. See http://www.chicago.gov/flu.

What are CDPH’s recommendations for using a face mask?

CDPH does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks can be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone with suspected COVID-19 in close settings.

 

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

CDPH strongly recommends avoiding travel to countries with level 3 travel notices, including layovers at airports, because there is widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19 in these countries and the risk of acquiring the virus is high. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should also consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices. The latest travel notices are available on CDC’s COVID-19 web page for travelers.

What if I recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19?

Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 3 should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after leaving the country with the travel alert. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.

  •   Do not go to school or work. Absences for this purpose should be excused and alternate arrangements should be made for teleworking or online school assignments if possible.
  •   Take your temperature with a thermometer 2 times a day and watch your health.
  •   If you develop a fever (100.4F/38C) or cough, seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in an affected area. You can also call CDPH at 312-746-7425 (SICK) during business hours. After hours call 311 and request to speak to the Medical

Director on call. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911.

Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 2 should monitor their health for 14 days but do not need to limit their movement or activity. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19.

For local updates, visit http://www.chicago.gov/coronavirus. For national updates, visit http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. If you have other questions, email coronavirus@chicago.gov or call 312-746-4835.

 

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT TREE TRIMMER

JOB TITLE:   TREE TRIMMER

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).   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 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: 9

The City of Chicago has partnered with the County, Municipal Employees’, Supervisors, and Foremen’s Union Local 1001 to establish a three (3) year in-house trainee program, equivalent to 6,240 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT). Class is a multi – rate title; rate of pay to individual positions is dependent on the number of hours completed. 

Under immediate supervision, performs tree maintenance activities including tree trimming and tree removal, and performs tree related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Prepares tree for limb removal or complete take-down by placing safety cones; rigging ropes, pulleys, block and tackle to secure and control limbs before cutting and removal
  • Inspects and operates per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements an aerial lift bucket and is lifted to remove selected tree limbs and trunks with chainsaws or pruners
  • Cuts tree trunks on the ground with gasoline or electric power saws
  • Operates a wood chipper to dispose of tree limbs and branches
  • Assists in loading severed tree trunks onto trucks for removal
  • Inspects tree for decay, disease, and insects
  • Operates equipment for insect and disease management on trees and shrubs
  • Prepares trees for planting, plants trees, and performs follow-up inspections for tree condition
  • Maintains and repairs a variety of equipment used in the planting, trimming, and removal of trees
  • Ensures the availability of adequate supplies and equipment on trucks to complete assigned work
  • Cleans worksite and performs ground level clean-up to clear tree debris

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:  Varies  Hours:  Varies

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE.

Willingness and ability to perform the duties of the job

Physical Requirement

  • Must meet current aerial bucket lift weight restrictions to comply with OSHA and City of Chicago safety standards
  • Extremely heavy lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling (up to 100 lbs.) is required
  • Ability to walk and stand for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to quickly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with one’s body, arms, and/or legs
  • Ability to climb ladders and/or stairs
  • Ability to operate applicable hand tools, power tools, and equipment
  • Ability to tolerate heights (up to 100 feet) while working
  • Ability to climb in/out of aerial lift bucket
  • Ability to lift and hold various equipment (up to approximately 16 pounds) extended away from the body while working for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to loud noise, fumes or dust, oily or wet environment
  • Exposure to insects and animals
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g., heavy machinery, live electrical wires)
  • Work performed in cramped or confined locations
  • Work performed at great heights with the use of safety harness and lanyard

Equipment

  • Aerial lift bucket
  • Hand tools (e.g. hammer, screwdriver, wrench, various chainsaws, pole saw, pruner/power pruner, ropes)
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hat, hearing protection, shoes, glasses, gloves, vest, knee pads, chaps, harness)
  • Safety devices or equipment (e.g., cones, barricades, metal plates, scaffolding, ropes)
  • Powered and manual cleaning equipment (e.g., power washers, leaf blowers, brooms)
  • Communication equipment (e.g., two-way radio, multi-channel communication system)
  • Standard landscape tools and equipment (e.g., shovel, axe, weed cutter, fogger, dolly, rake, weed whip, chain saw, pole saw, pole pruner, hand pruner, pesticide application equipment)  

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

This position is willing and able.  Applicants who successfully apply for the position will be selected in seniority order/lottery order to go through the hiring process which will include physical abilities testing.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement:   All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.

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 & Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago                                                        Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor                                              Soo Choi, Commissioner

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on Tuesday,  March 17, 2020.  No exceptions will be made.


 

Apply online now… 

EARLY VOTING IS OPEN!

In-Person Early Voting & Registration

For the March 17 Primary Election, Chicago voters may use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city from March 2 through March 16.

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 voter’s 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.

Locations & Hours

March 2 thru March 16 – Early Voting & Registration at all 52 locations listed below
Mon., March 2 – Sat., March 7: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 8: 10 am-4 pm
Mon., March 9 – Fri., March 13: 9 am-7 pm
Sat., March 14: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 15: 10 am-4 pm
Mon., March 16: 9 am-5 pm (On March 16, the six “permanent sites” will remain open thru 7 pm.)

NEW LOOP SUPER SITE at Clark & Lake – 191 N Clark (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 1    Goldblatt’s Bldg     1615 W Chicago
Ward 2    Near North Library    310 W Division
Ward 3    Hall Branch Library    4801 S Michigan
Ward 4    King Community Ctr.    4314 S Cottage Grove (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 5    Jackson Park    6401 S Stony Island
Ward 6    Whitney Young Library    415 E 79th St
Ward 7    Jeffery Manor Library    2401 E 100th St
Ward 8    Olive Harvey College    10001 S Woodlawn
Ward 9    Palmer Park    201 E 111th St
Ward 10    Vodak/Eastside Library    3710 E 106th St
Ward 11    Dist. 9 Police Station    3120 S Halsted
Ward 12    McKinley Park    2210 W Pershing
Ward 13    West Lawn Park    4233 W 65th St
Ward 14    Archer Heights Library    5055 S Archer
Ward 15    Gage Park    2411 W 55th St
Ward 16    Lindblom Park    6054 S Damen
Ward 17    Thurgood Marshall Library    7506 S Racine
Ward 18    Wrightwood Ashburn Library    8530 S Kedzie
Ward 19    Mount Greenwood Park    3721 W 111th St (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 20    Bessie Coleman Library    731 E 63rd St
Ward 21    Woodson Regional Library    9525 S Halsted
Ward 22    Toman Library    2708 S Pulaski
Ward 23    Clearing Branch Library    6423 W 63rd Pl
Ward 24    St. Agatha Parish    3147 W Douglas Blvd
Ward 25    Chinatown Library    2100 S Wentworth
Ward 26    Humboldt Pk Library    1605 N Troy
Ward 27    Eckhart Park    1330 W Chicago
Ward 28    W. Side Learning Ctr    4624 W Madison  (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 29    Amundsen Park    6200 W Bloomingdale
Ward 30    Kilbourn Park    3501 N Kilbourn
Ward 31    Portage Cragin Library    5108 W Belmont
Ward 32    Bucktown-Wicker Park Library    1701 N Milwaukee
Ward 33    McFetridge Sports Ctr    3843 N California
Ward 34    W Pullman Library    830 W 119th
Ward 35    NEIU El Centro    3390 N Avondale
Ward 36    West Belmont Library    3104 N Narragansett
Ward 37    West Chicago Av Library    4856 W Chicago
Ward 38    Hiawatha Park    8029 W Forest Preserve
Ward 39    North Park Vill. Admin.    5801 N Pulaski
Ward 40    Budlong Woods Library    5630 N Lincoln
Ward 41    Roden Library    6083 N Northwest Highway (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 42    Northwest Retail Space   321 N Clark
Ward 43    Lincoln Park Library    1150 W Fullerton
Ward 44    Dist. 19 Police Station    850 W Addison
Ward 45    Dist. 16 Police Station    5151 N Milwaukee
Ward 46    Truman College    1145 W Wilson
Ward 47    Welles Park    2333 W Sunnyside (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 48    Edgewater Library    6000 N Broadway
Ward 49    Pottawattomie Park    7340 N Rogers
Ward 50    Warren Park    6601 N Western
Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W Washington St, 6th Floor

University Early Voting – March 11-13, 10 am-5 pm
Chicago State Univ.    9501 S M L King Dr
UIC Student Center    750 S Halsted
Northeastern Ill. Univ.    5500 N St Louis
University of Chicago Reynolds Club   5706 S University

Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago

Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1st to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

The District Council’s Team LIUNA is participating in the Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1st to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

Spectators are welcome! The District Council will have a LIUNA heated tent with free food, drinks, and Team LIUNA t-shirts.

Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Chicago

When: Sunday, March 1st, breakfast at heated tent 8:00 AM, plunge time 11:00 AM

Where: North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park
1601 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Free parking is available at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s parking lot. The lot is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614). We also recommend taking CTA or being dropped off at North Avenue Beach.

All are welcome to take the Chicago Polar Plunge with us by joining our team by registering at the following link: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/854897/

Donations can be made online at the link above. If you’d like to make an off line donation, please use this form. Please, indicate that your donation is attributed to Team LIUNA on the donation form. Checks should be made out to Special Olympics Chicago and must be received by Special Olympics Chicago by February 28, 2020.

The orange dot on the map below indicates the location of the Team LIUNA tent.

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Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program Available

The program funds are available for the Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program.

Eligible applicants can submit an application when they have signed a Sales/Purchase Contract on a property.

The Community Connections Home Buyer Assistance Program offers a fully forgivable, 10 year, 0%, $30,000 loan to all Local 1001 positions who are in good standing and not on probation. The City will confirm status.

The $30,000 can be utilized for all customary closing costs, down payment assistance and principal reduction. The funds for closing are wired directly to the title company. Cash out is not allowed.

They require a 15 Business Day Closing Notice to request the wire for closing, no exceptions.

Applicants must meet the income guidelines. The total gross household income as well as all sources of income are utilized to determine eligibility.

Applicants must purchase a 1 (Single Family, Condo, Townhouse) or 2 unit property in the specified census tracts in the program’s targeted communities see attachment. 

Applicants must reside in the property as their primary residence for 10 years. Should they move or sell before the 10th year, they must pay back the balance of the $30,000 at 0% interest. The City will monitor the residency requirement.

Applicants are not required to be a 1st time home buyer. However, they must reside in the property purchased through the program as their primary residence for 10 years.

CC Program Description

Eligible Target Census_Tracts Areas (1)

CC Application Packet

Chicago Polar Plunge – Team LiUNA!

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The Chicago Laborers’ Charitable Foundation is sponsoring the 20th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Chicago on Sunday, March 1. We’ve also registered to take the plunge as “Team LIUNA” and welcome all  members to participate on our team.

To join our team, go to https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/854897/

  1. Click JOIN TEAM
  2. Click REGISTER AS A FUNDRAISING PARTICIPANT
  3. Follow the prompts to create an account
  4. Then click JOIN OR CREATE A CORPORATE TEAM; make sure to select “Team LIUNA”
  5. Select PLUNGER and follow the prompts to fill in your personal information
  6. Under WAVE TIME select 11:00 AM

You may also contribute without committing to the plunge by clicking DONATE on our team page (https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/854897/).

Stay tuned for more information from the District Council about the meeting location and other details. Thank you in advance for your support of the Special Olympics Chicago athletes.

A Message from Terry O’Sullivan for MLK Day

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

 

As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, it is as important as ever that we reflect on his message and his mission anew.

Dr. King literally gave his life struggling shoulder to shoulder with striking workers and their union. He denounced so-called “right to work” laws as false slogans designed to rob working people of civil rights and economic rights. And, he said, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”

While our country and society have made great strides as Dr. King said, the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

We have more work to do to bending that arc so that every American, regardless ofreligion, ethnicity, gender, wealth or the lack of it, has equal rights. In a time of historic income inequality in our country, far too many working men and women must labor at two or more jobs, simply to try to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.

As Dr. King showed by his actions, uniting workers in unions is crucial to equality and economic justice. Dr. King was a legend in his day and remains a hero to this day. He was a man who dared to take on the injustices of his time but who in doing so paid with his life. He left us a legacy of courage that illustrates the best of of our nation. As a union and as a nation, we can honor him with our own efforts for social justice and let his dream guide our actions.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, I hope you will join me in words and actions inspired by the incredible legacy of Dr. King.

Legalized Recreational Marijuana and Your Job

As you know, Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana (in certain quantities, and when consumed in certain places) as of January 1. This does not mean you can get high without risking your job.

Marijuana remains in a person’s system for a much longer period of time than alcohol does. If you have a few drinks on a Saturday night, it is unlikely there will be any alcohol in your system by Monday. But if you smoke a joint on a Saturday night, there will probably still be marijuana in your system on Monday, and for most of that week, at least. Unfortunately there is not currently a viable test for marijuana that differentiates between having it in your system and being impaired (“high”).

Our contracts are very specific about when drug testing is allowed, the City can still only test someone under the circumstances outlined in the contract. But if your employer is properly testing you under the contract, and your test comes back positive for marijuana, the fact that marijuana is legal will not save you. Liquor is legal too, and properly administered positive tests for alcohol usually result in termination. The same goes for weed.

Hopefully, a test will be developed soon that will allow people to safely enjoy it as long as they aren’t high at work. Until then, please do not risk your career.

 

Don’t pass up this benefit in 2020

As a result of the last contract with the City of Chicago, the City will match the first $250 you contribute to your Deferred Compensation account in 2020.

They’ll do the same in 2021 and the amount rises to $500 in 2022.

If you do not have a Deferred Compensation account, please open one, it’s the only way to get this benefit.

You can go to chicagodeferredcomp.com or call 1-877-677-3678 to open an account.

Applications for the 2020 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships are now available online

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Applications for the 2020 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships are now available online at www.chicagolabor.org/scholarship. Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships to 10 high school seniors, five to the winners of the Academic Competition and five to the winners of the Random Drawing. The scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must be a senior in high school, graduating in the spring of 2020, and either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union.

Additional details and application information are available online at www.chicagolabor.org/scholarship. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020; hand-delivered applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.

Job/Bid Announcement – Field Service Specialist III

FIELD SERVICE SPECIALIST III

Job Number: 323667

Department of Transportation

 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 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 (2 pending budget approval)

Under general supervision, performs complex traffic surveys and field inspections of construction activity affecting the public way and assists in supervising lower level staff, and performs related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Conducts larger, more complex field inspections of construction, demolition, and excavation sites to ensure the placement of proper barricades and signs for the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Assists lower level staff with unusual or complex surveying and inspection problems
  • Assists in developing and implementing training programs for new staff
  • Inspects construction staging areas to ensure compliance with relevant regulations (e.g., checking permits, confirming compliance of safety buffer zones with City ordinances
  • Inspects work sites to ensure the public way is safe and clear of obstructions and issues tickets for violations observed
  • Inspects the public way in response to complaints from residents, aldermanic offices, and other departments regarding traffic impediments resulting from construction activity
  • Interprets applicable City codes and ordinances to contractors and complainants
  • Conducts inspections in regard to pending legal action and testifies in court on violations observed
  • Prepares field sketches and charts to illustrate construction, current traffic conditions, and activities to support survey data
  • Confers with aldermen on the status of traffic sign requests
  • Maintains daily activity reports
  • Develops detour and sign plans for streets under construction, as needed
  • Reviews traffic flow ordinances prepared by City Council committee for accuracy and proper language and makes corrections as necessary
  • Responds to reports and conducts safety inspections of safety hazards in public ways (e.g., streets, parkways, sidewalks)
  • Directs work crews in the placement of street signs
  • Supervises the unit in the absence of the Field Supervisor, 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.

Location:   445 N. Sacarmento

Days:         Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Hours:       Friday – Monday 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

Qualifications

Three years of work experience inspecting public way construction and demolition projects, or interpreting blue prints for public way construction and demolition projects; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

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

Must have the permanent use of an automobile that is properly insured, including a clause specifically insuring the City of Chicago from accident liability

Salary: $61,584 – $103,572

Application Period: 12/9/19 – 12/23/19

Education & Employment Verification: Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it related to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diplomas must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: Persons hired into this title must have the permanent use of an automobile that is properly insured including a clause specifically insuring the City of Chicago from accident liability.

You must provide your valid U.S. driver’s license AND proof of automobile insurance at the time of processing.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Selection Requirements:

This position requires applicants to successfully pass a skills assessment test and complete an interview. Test results will be sent out by the Department of Human Resources after test results have been compiled and analyzed. Applicants who receive a passing score on the test will be selected to interview. The interviewed candidate(s) receiving a passing score on the test and possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview and written exercise, will be selected for hire.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.

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

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 December 23, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

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

City of Chicago                                                                    Department of Human Resources

Unposting Date: Dec 23, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 54
Salary: $61,584 – $103,572 Pay Basis:Yearly

 

Apply online now… 

Why Kids Love Garbage Trucks So Much

For some kids, the weekly trash pickup is a must-see spectacle. Parents, children, waste-management professionals, and experts on childhood all offer theories as to why.

For Ryan Rucker, a dad in Vacaville, California, the weekly summons comes on Wednesday mornings, usually around seven. For Rosanne Sweeting on Grand Bahama island, in the Bahamas, it’s twice a week—Mondays and Thursdays, anytime from 6 to 8:30 a.m.—and for Whitney Schlander in Scottsdale, Arizona, it’s every Tuesday morning at half-past seven.

At these times, the quiet of the morning is broken by the beep beep beeping of an approaching garbage truck—and broken further when their kids start hollering, begging to be escorted outside to wave or just watch in awe as the truck collects and majestically hauls away the household trash. Rucker’s daughter Raegan, 3, takes her stuffed animals outside with her to watch the pickup. Cassidy Sweeting, 4, enlists her mom’s help to deliver granola bars and water bottles to the three trash collectors. Finn Schlander, 3, invited the neighborhood garbage-truck driver to his birthday party. (Ultimately, he was unable to attend, but the party had garbage-truck decorations nonetheless.)

For decades, children have been fascinated by the garbage-collection vehicles that visit their home (as a kid, Finn’s dad wanted to grow up to be a garbage-truck driver himself, according to Finn’s mom), and their widespread fascination has been commemorated in a surprising variety of ways. The nationwide waste-disposal company Waste Management, for example, sells a branded WM garbage-truck toy on its online shop, and a representative for Waste Management told me that the company frequently receives requests from customers for things such as costumes and party kits for kids. Some city governments and waste-disposal companies have released safety guidelines for parents whose kids are especially curious about their garbage trucks. (“Wave from your window or doorway, keeping at least 20 feet of safe distance. Our drivers will wave back if they see you!”) Meanwhile, the children’s-web-series host Blippi, who has some 6.5 million YouTube subscribers, wrote a life ruiningly catchy song about garbage trucks(“Some are blue, some are brown, and some are green / And wouldn’t you know it, there are some that can pick up recycling!”) that has been listened to a staggering 31.8 million times as of this writing.

I, too, had a more-than-passing interest in the garbage truck as a kid; with palpable residual excitement, I can remember peeking through the window shutters of my parents’ front room to watch the vaguely menacing robotic arm jut out, snatch our garbage can, and dangle the can upside down over its back while the trash tumbled out. Why generations of kids have been so transfixed by the trash pickup, though, remains something of a mystery. So I asked parents, kids, child-development experts, waste-management professionals, and even the creator of a kids’ show about an anthropomorphized garbage truck for their insights. Together, we made our way—more aptly, lurched and rumbled our way—toward a unifying theory of why kids are so wild about garbage trucks.

The garbage truck I remember watching out our window as a child—big lumbering hulk, single hungry grabber claw—is known in the waste-management industry as an “automated side loader.” (When I excitedly mentioned to Whitney Schlander that the automated side loader was introduced 50 years ago on the streets of Scottsdale, I discovered this was old news to her and Finn: “We went to the trash-transfer facility last year. Of course,” she said with a laugh. “They have the original one.”) Other varieties in the United States have automated forks on their front to pick up larger trash receptacles such as Dumpsters, while still others depend on human workers to manually pick up, empty, and replace the garbage cans.

When I asked Sheila Williams Ridge, who teaches early-childhood education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, for any insights she could give me on why kids love garbage trucks so much, she thought of her own daughter, now 21. When her daughter was little, Williams Ridge remembered, the weekly arrival of the garbage truck was both dazzling and, in a way, reassuring.

“Humans have always thrived with routine,” she told me. “But children, their memories aren’t long enough. Sometimes, when we’re getting our 3-year-olds dressed for winter, they’re like, ‘I can’t do it!’ And we’re like, ‘You’ve put on snow pants before. You’ve put on boots.’ But for them, it’s so long ago. They don’t remember snow from when they’re 2; it’s new again for them.” So having something happen every week at the same time—and especially something that “seems a little bit magical”—can boost kids’ sense of familiarity with the world, not to mention give them something to look forward to.

Plus, what the truck is actually doing when it arrives has an air of the forbidden. Despite the fact that kids are frequently discouraged from making messes at home or at school (or perhaps because of that fact), “children love dumping things. They just do,” Williams Ridge said. “So the fact that a truck is coming to do this on purpose, and everyone is happy about it? It’s like, ‘Yes! This is my dream! I just want to dump stuff out, and you let this person do it!’” (The same goes for being noisy: “I think that’s the other thing with a lot of big trucks, and with police cars, fire trucks, snowplows,” she added. “They’re loud, and no one’s complaining about it.”)

Next I turned to Guy Toubes, the creator of the animated Amazon children’s series The Stinky & Dirty Show, whose eponymous protagonists are a backhoe loader (Dirty) and a garbage truck (Stinky). I reasoned that he surely must have some insights into what makes garbage trucks so fascinating.

He did. For starters, “kids think smelly stuff is really funny,” Toubes told me. There’s a sort of naughty appeal to talking about gross stuff and calling things “stinky,” he said, and in the run-up to the premiere of The Stinky & Dirty Show, he saw it in action: Two little girls in a focus group cracked up every time a character on the show said the name “Stinky.” “They just kept saying the word over and over again,” he remembered, “every time.”

Toubes also noted that the particular movement patterns of vehicles such as garbage trucks and backhoes—and snowplows, fire trucks, street sweepers, and the like—are entirely unique. Even if a child is familiar with how buses and cars move through space, the movements of a garbage truck’s grabber arm or a backhoe’s inward-curling shovel appendage can be mesmerizing because they’re so unusual. Add that to the fact that children frequently conceive of a vehicle as an enormous living creature—“It has lights and those look like eyes, so suddenly it’s got a face,” Toubes pointed out—and it’s almost no wonder that some kids look at garbage trucks like gigantic zoo animals visiting their home.

That said, Toubes and I immediately agreed that garbage trucks can also be pretty mesmerizing to adults because what they do is so visually unusual. Toubes is himself the father of a onetime garbage-truck aficionado: “My second son was sort of obsessed, and when we asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said a garbage truck,” he told me. “We were like, ‘You want to drive a garbage truck?’ And he was like, ‘No, I want to be the truck.’” And when his son ran to the picture window to watch the garbage pickup, “I’d go to the window and watch along with him,” Toubes remembered. “Like, Actually, that is interesting.”

At this point, I’d heard the experts’ theories. But I would be remiss not to consult the two foremost authorities—kids and garbage-truck drivers. So first I went to Rene Vesi, a Waste Management truck driver based near Portland, Oregon. Vesi’s friendship with a boy with autism was the subject of a local-news segment earlier this year.

I asked Vesi whether that was common, whether he was accustomed to having young friends and admirers. Garbage-truck enthusiasts are common enough that he considers “making kids happy” to be part of the job, he said, but he’d never take their enthusiasm for granted. “We have kids on almost every route. Moms hold babies at the door, toddlers wait at the window and sometimes a whole family will come out to watch and wave,” Vesi wrote to me in an email. “It makes you feel like a rock star.”

As for why those kids are so excited, Vesi largely agreed with Toubes. “They love the lights and all the moving parts,” he wrote. “For a toddler, it probably feels like a Transformer has come to visit.”

When I asked an actual child, however, why she loved garbage trucks so much, her answer surprised me. Was it the recurring excitement? The anticipation? The dumping? The gross-out factor, or perhaps the anthropomorphic factor? The fact that, as Toubes and I—and for that matter, pretty much every adult in this story—agreed, garbage trucks are objectively awesome, no matter how old you are?

No, Raegan Rucker told me. Her favorite part of the whole greeting-the-garbage-truck ritual is when a friendly, familiar face shows up at her house. She loves “walking outside with socks on,” pointing at the truck as it approaches, and “drinking milk outside,” she told me—sometimes with her stuffed animals alongside her, sometimes on the swing her parents installed out front pretty much expressly for the purpose of garbage-truck watching. But most of all, she loves waiting for the truck driver to stop and say hi.

Ashley Fetters – December 6, 2019  The Atlantic

Happy Thanksgiving from LiUNA!

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Happy Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving Holiday upon us, we all focus on that for which we are thankful: our families, our nation and our union.

It is our unity in LIUNA that helps provide strength to support our loved ones, build our country and face and overcome challenges, and for that I am thankful for each and every one of our half-million members. It is the dedication, skills and hard work you demonstrate throughout the year that is truly the power of LIUNA. This time of year we are also mindful of the sacrifices of those who will not share our good holiday fortunes: the men and women serving in our Armed Forces, often far from home, and those struggling with personal loss and challenges. Let us keep them in the forefront of our hearts and minds and commit to always stand beside them.

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

DSS Transfer Requests are Open!

DSS Transfer requests are open, you can use the links on our app to submit your transfer requests or enter the appropriate link below in your web browser. Remember the deadline to submit is Friday, December 13, 2019 and retreats have to be done in writing no later than December 11, 2019. See all of the info below.

Transfer Request for San Gen Laborers Clerks RCC - 112119

Job/Bid Announcement Field Service Specialist II – CDOT

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

FIELD SERVICE SPECIALIST II

Job Number:324868

Department of Transportation

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 SITEAT: 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.

Number of Positions: 5

Under supervision, performs at the fully functional level, conducting traffic surveys and field inspections of construction activity in the public way, and performs related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  • Conducts field inspections of construction, demolition, and excavation sites requiring a detailed knowledge of City codes to ensure the placement of proper barricades and signs for the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Inspects construction staging areas to ensure compliance with relevant regulations (e.g., checking permits, confirming compliance of safety buffer zones with City ordinances)
  • Inspects work sites to ensure the public way is safe and clear of obstructions and issues tickets for violations observed
  • Inspects the public way in response to complaints from residents, aldermanic offices, and other departments regarding traffic impediments resulting from construction activity
  • Interprets applicable city codes and ordinances to contractors and complaints
  • Re-inspects problem areas to verify that ticketed violations have been corrected
  • Conducts traffic surveys to identify current conditions (e.g., traffic capacity, parking restrictions) in connection with traffic engineering, traffic control, and parking studies
  • Collects field information including the location traffic signs and markings and the direction and volume of traffic flow for use in determining the need for traffic signs
  • Reviews field notes on current conditions and traffic accident data to recommend the removal or replacement of worn or damaged traffic signs
  • Prepares work orders to replace worn or damaged traffic signs, pavement markings, and guardrails
  • Prepares field sketches and charts to illustrate construction, current traffic conditions, and activities to support other survey data
  • Maintains daily activity reports

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: Varies

Shift:        Varies

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

Qualifications

  • Two years of work experience inspecting public way construction and demolition projects, or interpreting blue prints for public way construction and demolition projects; and/or determining street sign placement; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required
  • Must have the permanent use of an automobile that is properly insured, including a clause specifically insuring the City of Chicago from accident liability

Education & Employment Verification: Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it related to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diplomas must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: Persons hired into this title must have the permanent use of an automobile that is properly insured including a clause specifically insuring the City of Chicago from accident liability.

You must provide your valid U.S. driver’s license AND proof of automobile insurance at the time of processing.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Selection Requirements:

This position requires applicants to successfully pass a skills assessment test and complete an interview. Test results will be sent out by the Department of Human Resources after test results have been compiled and analyzed. Applicants who receive a passing score on the test will be selected to interview. The interviewed candidate(s) receiving a passing score on the test and possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview and written exercise, will be selected for hire.

Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Proficiency operating a computer
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience with public way inspections, construction and demolition projects
  • Previous experience preparing detailed reports and maintaining operational records
  • Previous experience using surveying equipment
  • Previous experience reading plans and civil drawings
  • Knowledge of the Municipal Code Title 10

Application Instructions:  Interested applicants should apply at the City of Chicago’s application website:  www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS 

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.

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 November 27, 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

City of Chicago                                                                    Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor                                                          Soo Choi, Commissioner

Unposting Date: Nov 27, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 54
Salary: $57,336 – $96,528    Pay Basis:Yearly

Work Safe and Work Smart in the Cold

It’s cold out there today so be sure to protect yourself, it only takes a few minutes to get frostbite. Stay warm, wear a hat and layers of clothing, take breaks to warm up, drink plenty of water and make sure to eat something. Hypothermia and other cold related injuries can be fatal, so please work smart and work safe out there.

 

A Salute to Our Armed Forces

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A Solemn Salute to Our Armed Forces

On Veterans Day and Remembrance Day we salute the honor, courage and integrity of the men and women across the United States and Canada who serve and who have served in our armed forces.

The achievements and the sacrifices of veterans – thousands of them LIUNA members and loved ones of LIUNA members – have been made in the name of all of us. To protect our freedom, they have lost time with their families and spent countless days far from home. Many have been wounded, taken prisoner or made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

In the 116 years since our union’s founding, members have time and time again answered the call for Americans, for Canadians and for people around the world. It is up to each of us to not just honor their service, but to respect their service by ensuring that veterans return home, they and their families have the opportunities they for which they put their lives on the line.

On behalf of myself, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, the entire LIUNA General Executive Board, and the half-million men and women of LIUNA, I thank all the veterans in our lives and in our union. Let us make sure they know how much we honor and respect them. We are in their debt.

Life and AD&D Insurance Open Enrollment Extended to November 15, 2019

You work hard to protect and provide for your family.

Protect their future.

ENROLL NOW

Life insurance is an important part of your overall financial strategy because it can provide financial protection for loved ones, if something happened to you.

Midwest Coalition of Labor (MCL) automatically provides the following insurance, at no cost to you:

  • $10,000 of Basic Life Insurance
  • $5,000 in Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D).

Now available during the initial enrollment period

ENROLLMENT EXTENDED to November 15, 2019

Additional coverage exclusively for our active members

You may purchase additional Life / AD&D insurance coverage for you, your spouse and children during this limited enrollment period.

There are NO MEDICAL QUESTIONS OR EXAMS for you or your family members during this enrollment period. Coverage elected outside of this enrollment period requires evidence of insurability and is subject to approval by the insurance company.

Is your family protected?

During this enrollment, you can elect up to:

  • $200,000 for members 2
  • $30,000 for spouses 2
  • $15,000 for dependent children

ENROLL NOW

Want to learn more?

PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

Call for questions about the plan specifics, naming a beneficiary or enrolling

888-212-7822

Job/Bid Announcement – Asst. Chief Airport Operations Supervisor

BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

ASST CHIEF AIRPORT OPERATIONS SUPVSR

Job Number: 319619

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 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:  1

Assistant Chief Airport Operations Supervisor, with commensurate knowledge and experience, guides and supervises airport personnel and contractors during routine, critical, and emergency activities.  He/she liaises with FAA, airport administration, and subordinate Operations staff, monitoring and directing the reporting and dissemination of information relating to construction, incidents, and other activities affecting aircraft movement and field conditions. He/she leads airfield inspection and supervision, patrolling and ensuring the safety of aeronautical areas, and he/she has a crucial role in the regulated training of all City personnel who drive and work on the airfield, ensuring the appropriate record keeping.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Coordinates and supervises inspection of airfields, issuance and cancellation of Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) on airfield status, and receiving and relaying of airfield maintenance requests
  • Assigns, supervises and monitors the work activities of airport operations staff
  • Oversees and participates in the inspection of airfield facilities (e.g., runways, taxiways, ramps) in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
  • Coordinates airfield repair and maintenance activities to ensure minimal disruptions to airfield traffic
  • Orders runway closings and openings and initiates corrective measures in response to irregularities found during inspections to ensure proper maintenance of airfield facilities
  • Notifies departmental management of atypical airfield situations requiring their attention
  • Implements initial and recurrent training programs for airport operations staff
  • Determines maintenance priorities (e.g., snow removal, grass cutting) in accordance with FAA  regulations and departmental standards
  • Ensures the timely and accurate maintenance of records concerning airfield activities (e.g., service requests, snow removal operations) and prepares related reports
  • Responds to inquiries regarding the status of airfield facilities and maintenance issues
  • During emergency situations, provides airfield access assistance to municipal and federal agencies, as required

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE

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:                     Midway International Airport

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

Shift:                           Varies

Hours/Days Off:          Varies

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Aviation Management, or a directly related field, plus two years of airfield operations experience, of which one year is in a supervisory role related to the responsibilities of the position; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • Some lifting (up to 25 pounds)
  • Ability to climb staircases, ladders, and/or step stools
  • Ability to operate automotive vehicles and associated equipment
  • Previous work experience monitoring weather forecasts, conditions and reports.
  • Previous work experience performing airfield operations or in the aviation industry at a commercial airport.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software.

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.

Education & Employment Verification:  Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired. 

NOTE:  To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties.  (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.)  If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position.  There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume field.

NOTE:  You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.  You must also provide your valid U.S. driver’s license at time of processing of processing.

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.

Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Previous work experience monitoring weather forecasts, conditions and reports.
  • Previous work experience performing airfield operations or in the aviation industry at a commercial airport.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application processplease contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035. (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.  

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

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Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm C.D.T.  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on November 14, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

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Step Forward on Protecting the Right to Organize Act

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Step Forward on PRO Act, Progress for American Workers 

Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee mark-up of HR 2474, the PRO Act:

LIUNA commends the House Education and Labor Committee for passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The right of workers to organize and form a union is a bedrock principle of a free and democratic society that helps ensure workers receive fair pay and benefits. Too often, this fundamental right is put in jeopardy.

The PRO Act will help by expanding the National Labor Relations Act to ensure that workers and unions have real, enforceable protections under the law. The law also expands remedies for workers whose rights have been violated as well as strengthening rights to organize and bargain for better working conditions, including preventing employers from misclassifying workers as supervisors and independent contractors, banning “captive audience” meetings, and pushing back on the recent so-called “right to work” laws with provisions allowing unions to collect fair share fees to cover representation costs.

LIUNA applauds the House Education and Labor Committee for their leadership on the PRO Act and urges the full U.S. House to quickly bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

Back when workers put ‘we’ before ‘I’

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The author’s late father Ed Vukmirovich (middle with mustache) is surrounded by his union brothers from Republic Steel in the late 1950s or early 1960s on Chicago’s Southeast Side.

Look at their faces. They are happy, capable, and perhaps a bit cocky.

The man with the mustache is my late father, Ed, surrounded by his union brothers from Republic Steel on Chicago’s Southeast Side. He worked at Republic for over 30 years, and for many of them he was a respected grievance committeeman, defending the rights of his fellow union members.

The photograph, a family classic, was taken in the late 1950s or very early ’60s. The occasion was a union meeting for Local 1033 of the United Steelworkers of America, and the place was some banquet hall, either in South Chicago or South Deering. He remembered where, while I, unfortunately, have long forgotten.

When the photograph was taken, my father would have been in his late 30s, and his face, like those of his friends, exudes a smiling confidence. But where did that confidence come from? A combat-tested, Navy veteran of World War II, as well as a youthful survivor of the Great Depression, he fought and labored and, at the moment the camera’s shutter clicked, was thriving, as was the labor movement in America. Paychecks were full, homes and cars were bought, and the hard years were fading into black and white.

If I had to pick a high point for organized labor in America during the 20th century, I wouldn’t, ironically, turn first to the steel industry, but to the auto industry. In 1950, the United Automobile Workers, headed by Walter Reuther, signed a labor contract with General Motors, a contract dubbed The Treaty of Detroit. The positive results for the workers (especially, and radical for its time, the cost of living adjustment), reverberated through other industries, including steel. All told, American

industry boomed and unions thrived, and so did the American economy.

When it comes to the state of unions today, however, I don’t share my father’s confident smile.

Locally, there have been some clear skies. As part of a global effort to unionize IKEA facilities, workers at the Joliet and Mokena locations recently voted to join the IAM, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. In addition, members of AFSCME Council 31 voted in June to accept a new contract with the state after four years of stalemate under the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner. Then in July, SEIU Local 1 secured union contracts for belabored workers at O’Hare Airport.

On the other hand, there’s potential rough weather ahead, both locally and nationally. To start, the UAW is attempting to negotiate a new contract for the workers at the Southeast Side facility and other Ford plants. Negotiations began in mid-July, and as of this writing, are still ongoing.

Next, 27 states currently have active “rightto-work” laws, which create what are known as “open shops,” whereby employees at unionized workplaces (public, but some private), are able to opt out of union membership. They do not have to pay what are known as “fair share dues” while still benefiting from most of the protections of the given union’s contract. (Fair share dues are based on the premise that non-union workers still benefit from being in a unionized workplace and so should pay their “fair share” to maintain the union.)

Further, the concept behind right-to-work laws was, essentially, expanded nationally — at least in regards to public unions — on June 27, 2018, when the Supreme Court ruled, in Illinois Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, that “fair share” was unconstitutional. Many feared that Janus would be potentially damaging to unions, but as the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reported on the oneyear anniversary of Janus, the damage seems, for now, to be minimal.

While this might be true, the Janus ruling should be viewed as an attempt by the courts and government to erode the power of unions.

However, the greatest obstacle to strong unions is the decline of a collective mindset. To be in a union is to accept “we” over “I.” Too many people today are too self-centered, selfimportant, and can’t think past the “I,” or some image on a screen.

Collective action requires collective thought, and both are hard to attain and maintain.

Will unions, with their economic benefits and potential political muscle, ever return to the status they held in the 1950s and ’60s? If they do, we will, ideally, see faces like those in the photograph, as unions, strong unions, have the potential to cut across social, political and racial lines, uniting us rather than dividing us. But before there can be a union resurgence, we need to change our individual and collective mindsets.

The men in the photograph knew how to act for their, and our, common good.

A Labor Day Message from General President Terry O’Sullivan

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August 30, 2019


Labor Day is Our Day

As we begin the Labor Day weekend, it is important to remember that Labor Day is our holiday – a commemoration of the work we do each and every day, and the struggles of all working men and women to create economic equality in the United States and Canada. No one deserves this honor more than the strong, proud, and united members of LIUNA.

Labor Day was instituted to recognize the contributions of working men and women in both our countries. In the more than 100 years since the holiday was first celebrated, LIUNA members have continued to risk their livelihoods and even their lives in the fight for justice, honor, and strength for all workers. And by doing so, we have helped to create the largest middle class in the history of mankind.

However, we must 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 repeal of prevailing wage laws. We must protect the right to negotiate in the public and private sector, and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

We cannot allow this continuing war on working people to shrink the middle class and worsen income inequality. That means we have to fight to protect and expand upon all that our union and the labor movement has accomplished.

On this holiday, let us commemorate all we and those that came before us have accomplished, and 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, relaxing, and well-deserved Labor Day.