The Daley administration and leaders representing 34 unions have reached tentative agreements on new contracts that would stretch over the next 10 years, offering the promise of labor peace through 2016 when the city hopes to land the Summer Olympics, City Hall and labor sources said Monday.
Trades workers under the new pact would continue to be paid the "prevailing wage," the hourly rate earned by their counterparts in private industry, according to a city official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Non-trades employees such as tree trimmers, dispatchers and crossing guards would get pay increases totaling 16 percent over the first five years of the contract, with the ability to seek more in the remaining five years, sources said.
Most important, it lasts ten years, until 2017, one year after the proposed Chicago Olympics.
But Daley insisted that timing had nothing to do with it.
Meanwhile, City Hall has not yet negotiated new contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fire Fighters Union.
"My reaction is good for them," FOP President Mark Donahue said of the pending city worker pacts.
Wasn't he just crying poor last week?
Is this a sign that he is negotiating from a weak position?
He wants these contracts settled. In the past he never cared if they were ever settled and now he needs to appear stable.