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Daley cites union contract in truckers paid to sit around
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Apr 2, 2011 | Fran Spielman

Posted on 04/02/2011 8:31:44 PM PDT by Graybeard58

Mayor Daley tried Friday to answer the $18 million question posed by his inspector general: why City Hall tolerates having 200 motor truck drivers “paid to do nothing” but drive crews to their work sites and wait in the vehicle until they finish.

“It was a 1985 or `83 [work rule]. ... It was prior [to the Daley years]. You should have reported that,” said the mayor, who took office in 1989.

Daley was asked why he did not negotiate an end to the costly rule during 22 years of negotiations with the Teamsters Union.

“You have to give and take. You give something — and sometimes it’s not worth taking it away. You know that. You can see what’s happening all over,” he said.

“When you want to take something away from somebody — and you know that in your own unions — your union leadership will want something [in return]. And that wanting is more expensive” than you hope.

A Teamsters Union contract that runs until June 2017 prohibits the city from transferring certain driver responsibilities to other employees, except during emergencies. Nor is the city allowed to sub-contract services in a way that would trigger driver layoffs.

Daley signed the ten-year agreement to guarantee labor peace through 2016, when he hoped Chicago would host a Summer Olympic Games ultimately awarded to Rio de Janeiro.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson argued this week that the long-term contracts have “hamstrung” the city — and cost Chicago taxpayers $18 million-a-year for 200 truck drivers the city could do without.

On another subject, the mayor was asked how he feels about wasting political capital on a $100 million Children’s Museum in Grant Park that looks like it will never be built.

At the request of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, the Children’s Museum, which has had a tough time raising money, is now negotiating to remain and expand at Navy Pier.

“You don’t have children — or do you? I don’t know. But, it’s worth fighting for children. There’s nothing wrong with a museum for children. I really believe that,” the mayor told a Sun-Times reporter.

“The greatest gift in our society are children. Some people may differ with that. But, I think children are the key. And the more children you have — African-American, Hispanic, Asian, rich, poor, all types of minority and ethnic groups — coming together at earlier ages, you don’t have the problems as adults that you see in our society.”

After returning from a 12-day trip to China, Daley was asked why his administration sought $17 million in fines, but settled for a $1 million penalty from taxicab companies accused of endangering their riders by putting wrecks known as “salvaged” vehicles on the street as cabs.

“Gee, I really don’t know,” he said, referring questions to Corporation Counsel Mara Georges.

Daley also belittled this week’s Sun-Times story about dramatic cutbacks in forestry and rodent control services as the city’s third-largest department struggles to sweep the streets and pick up garbage amid a two-year hiring freeze and chronic absenteeism.

“We’ve done this every year. This is nothing new. We’ve done this for the last 22 years,” he said of the employee transfers that his own Streets and Sanitation commissioner blamed on persistent absenteeism now targeted by Emanuel.

As for a federal judge’s decision to overturn cost-saving work-rule changes that stopped a trade show exodus from McCormick Place, Daley said he hasn’t read the opinion. But, he vowed that convention center attorneys would “act accordingly.”

“Conventions are very important for the lifeblood of our city. We compete with Las Vegas and Atlanta and Orlando,” he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; daley; rahm; taxdollarsatwork; unions

1 posted on 04/02/2011 8:31:48 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

I should have become a trucker in Chicago.


2 posted on 04/02/2011 8:38:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Graybeard58

And we though Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey were bad! I’ll bet that the Wisconsin RAT Senators enjoyed the environment in Illinois.


3 posted on 04/02/2011 8:38:22 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Parasites. Crab lice, ticks, Chicago politicians. All worthy of disdain.


4 posted on 04/02/2011 8:42:49 PM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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To: Graybeard58

The rats nest that is Chicago, sitting on the spider web that is Cook County.

He’s a good mayor if you think of who else it could have been.


5 posted on 04/02/2011 8:45:40 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Graybeard58
“paid to do nothing”

Look for the union label.

6 posted on 04/02/2011 8:46:00 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Graybeard58

how many of these trucks are owned by a member of the city council or a family of one?


7 posted on 04/02/2011 8:48:51 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Graybeard58
“You have to give and take. You give something — and sometimes it’s not worth taking it away. You know that."

Signed, Vito Corleone.

8 posted on 04/02/2011 8:51:19 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: Graybeard58
$18 million-a-year for 200 truck drivers

I don't even want to think about the math.

9 posted on 04/02/2011 8:53:24 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: chicagolady

Ping


10 posted on 04/02/2011 8:53:43 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: denydenydeny

$90,000 per.


11 posted on 04/02/2011 9:07:39 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58
“When you want to take something away from somebody — and you know that in your own unions — your union leadership will want something [in return]. And that wanting is more expensive” than you hope.

No, it really isn't. If they don't agree to lower the city's costs, then you fire them. Not really that complex.

A Teamsters Union contract that runs until June 2017 prohibits the city from transferring certain driver responsibilities to other employees, except during emergencies. Nor is the city allowed to sub-contract services in a way that would trigger driver layoffs.

Ok, so these employees can't be fired and have their jobs given to other workers, or contracted out. Then, make them earn their pay for the time waiting. They have to assist the crew they transport on their job site, so they actually work instead of just sitting around.
12 posted on 04/02/2011 10:44:20 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: Graybeard58

100,000 babies are dying each year in his city beacuse Union Chauffeurs are used to drive workers to sites.


13 posted on 04/02/2011 11:11:04 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: denydenydeny
I don't even want to think about the math.

Oh, come on; it's just a paltry $90,000 each. Think how much MORE it would cost if they had to actually DO something.

When I worked construction, the working-foreman drove the crew, if any driving was necessary; and NOBODY sat around, unless they wanted to take a hike to find a new job. Same with "chronic absenteeism", which had a very loose definition of "chronic".

14 posted on 04/02/2011 11:26:42 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: Graybeard58
Daley was hoping that leaching off the Olympics would continue to support the graft. But when the Obamanation made the stellar sales pitch that dumped Chicago out of the running in the first round he knew the jig was up. Why do you think he's retiring?

Emanuel will preside over the financial unraveling and will be a one-term mayor. Then Jesse Jackson Jr. or some other member of the poverty pimp class will become mayor and Chicago will crash and burn, like Detroit has.

15 posted on 04/03/2011 12:26:55 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Svartalfiar
Then, make them earn their pay for the time waiting. They have to assist the crew they transport on their job site, so they actually work instead of just sitting around.

You forgot about clause 213, paragraph C, subparagraph 2, sub-subparagraph iii of the contract. Can't do that either, odds are.

This is a good illustration of FDR's remarks about public-sector unions.

16 posted on 04/03/2011 4:27:35 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Svartalfiar
They have to assist the crew they transport on their job site, so they actually work instead of just sitting around.

There are work rules in contracts that forbid that and unions are very picky about enforcing them. A driver drives, a ditch digger digs and never will they be allowed to assist each other.

If a driver witnesses a cave in and a digger is in trouble, only diggers may dig him out, a driver may not grab a shovel and help.

These rules are terrible and should never have been agreed upon but they do exist and must be honored for legal reasons (a contract).

The contract should never have been agreed upon but what is, is. The solution lies in never again agreeing with such rules, there are many more asinine rules that must be negotiated out of future contracts.

The best solution of course is to eliminate public sector unions but realistically, that ain't ever gonna happen in Chicago.

17 posted on 04/03/2011 6:40:40 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Cheburashka
Emanuel will preside over the financial unraveling and will be a one-term mayor. Then Jesse Jackson Jr. or some other member of the poverty pimp class will become mayor and Chicago will crash and burn, like Detroit has.

Unfortunately, your dismal prediction is probably accurate. At least, some movie producer will make another "Escape from...." film to enhance some action star's career.

18 posted on 04/03/2011 6:54:40 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Graybeard58

If you think the Union gangsters have been behaving badly in Wisconsin; try taking something from back from the Chicago Teamsters.


19 posted on 04/03/2011 8:26:54 AM PDT by joelt
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To: Graybeard58

Illinois is a hopeless cesspool.

In most counties closest to Chicago, public servants do not get to keep their jobs for long unless they show demonstrated enthusiasm for re-electing all Democ’rats, via donations and/or volunteerism.

See how long you get to keep your job if lists show that you are donating to conservative causes! (or just NOT donating to libs)


20 posted on 04/03/2011 8:48:49 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: Graybeard58

I take driving trips to enjoy our wonderful country.

It is unfortunate but I always choose to route myself around Chicago and Detroit. I give both cities plenty of leeway.

Haven’t been in either city in years. Have no desire. Why tempt fate?

I feel sorry for folks that are stuck there with no way out.


21 posted on 04/03/2011 9:43:45 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Graybeard58

WELCOME TO CHICAGO!!! - please leave your brain at the door.


22 posted on 04/03/2011 10:04:20 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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