Chicago can't pay its bills as it is and its pensions are horribly underwater so what does the Mayor do?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces proposed AFSCME deal with 10.5% raises for unionized city workers
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the new AFSCME contract "helps us better control the city’s health care costs and ensure the city’s fiscal stability for years to come.” (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
John ByrneChicago Tribune
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to a deal that would give thousands of unionized city workers raises totaling 10.5 percent over the next few years, his administration announced Thursday.
The tentative deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 would cover about 3,500 workers throughout city government. It still requires City Council approval, though that’s largely a formality.
The five-year contract proposal is retroactive to July 2017. It features 2.1 percent annual pay raises but also increases health care premiums and prescription deductibles, according to the Emanuel administration.
The union has had a sometimes contentious relationship with Emanuel, fighting him early in his first term over his move to reduce library hours and later going to court to block Emanuel’s proposal to reduce municipal worker pension benefits in an effort to rein in spiraling pension costs.
But on Thursday, AFSCME Council 31 spokesman Anders Lindall said the contract deal is a good one.
“After more than a year of challenging negotiations, we’re pleased that our bargaining committee reached and the membership resoundingly ratified a new union contract with the city of Chicago,” Lindall said in a statement. “This new five-year agreement provides family-sustaining wages and continued access to affordable health care for AFSCME-represented city workers.”
And Emanuel, who’s leaving office next year, said the contract would hold down health care costs for the city.
“This is another labor agreement that helps us better control the city’s health care costs and ensure the city’s fiscal stability for years to come,” he said in a statement. “It stands as a testament of what’s possible when both sides roll up their sleeves and work together to find solutions that serve our common interests and help us reach our common goal of moving Chicago forward.” email@example.com
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