We all know about Vocamotive Vocational Rehabilitation Training. The City of Chicago has hired them to provide ways to reduce the millions Chicago pays in Workers Compensation benefits. Alderman Burke has hired a bunch of political hacks to work on his Committee on Finance. Dog walkers, dog groomers, hair dressers. Alderman Burke even hired a male stripper. Many folks that work for Alderman Burke have no schooling in Insurance Claims, workers’ compensation, investigations.
When that happens, Chicago Taxpayers pay millions more to hire professionals and consulting companies to pick up the slack. Claims drag on, City of Chicago Lawyers handling claims quit, and claims get bogged down. This costs Chicago taxpayers millions more. In case you read Chicago Newspapers, you will find Chicago investigative journalism has completely gone down the toilet. Chicago Journalist only print what Rahm tells them to. How sad.
Last year Vocamotive provided support services to the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to the tune of $500,000.00 dollars. That would have provided many more patronage workers for Alderman Burke, but no political donations. Vocamotive provides legal assistance to the Committee on Finance because their legislative aides are incapable of doing the job. In fact, Monica Somerville and Luana Olivas-Montoya should be fired if they cannot train the staff to do a complete professional job for the broke taxpayers. I would not expect much from Monica Somerville, she was fired as a Law Department Attorney after suing her boss for sexual harassment. She skipped the “Do not hire List”. Alderman Burke likes what he sees in her.
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Vocational Training people get paid about $15.50 per hour. Vocamotive charges an astounding $85.00 through $105.00 per hour. Vocamotive also charges Chicago taxpayers hundreds of dollars for loaning cheap computers, and hundreds more for basic Microsoft classes. Chicago pays massive rates for travel time, talk on phone time, and wait time. The billing is better than lawyer rates.
Please look at the attached rates. Click on READ MORE What a mark-up. And you wonder why Alderman Burke is a millionaire and Chicago is Bankrupt. Where is Rahm Emanuel? Where is Inspector General Joe Ferguson?
Vocamotive City of Chicago Rates.pdf
Mayor Rahm Emanuel embattled staff received orders to fight the Workers Compensation Claim of a dead Chicago Department of a Water Management employee. Emanuel demanded not a penny to be paid and a private law firm to fight the case. Emanuel also stopped Chicago media not to follow the funeral and wake of Konard Tucharski. Per a high-ranking North Side Chicago Superintendent, Konrad did not live in Chicago. Konrad allegedly lived in Mount Prospect with his wife and two children. Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has kept quiet.
Konrad Tucharski was a City of Chicago Bricklayer working on the street without proper shoring. None of the employees knew what to do when the street fell in on him and left Tucharski with a closed casket funeral on February 17, 2017. Pictures of the crime site at Sauganash Avenue showed the crew did not have proper shoring. Chicago Clout has seen Chicago Department of Water Management working in ditches 20 to 30 foot down with no shoring and no exit in case of an emergency. Fire the Commissioner Now. Rahm will not fire his pal that goes to hockey games with him.
We at Chicago Clout are asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop his crazy investigation NOW. We want a settlement in full to this family. We are asking the street name of Sauganash Ave to be changed Konrad Tucharski Avenue. City of Chicago full time employee John “Hired Truck” D’Amico who is also a full-time Illinois State representative can make this happen in a phone call. This is Laurino turf. Let’s get this done. We are also asking Joe “cupcake” Ferguson to back off the residency investigation of Konrad Tucharski, he gave his life to Chicago, that is enough to ask of anyone.
Please see attached picture if you want to know how Konrad Tucharski was crushed to death on February 13, 2017. If you look at City of Chicago Department of Water Management Leak Truck WD 1238 you will see on the right hand of the picture a silver colored ditch box. The box had holes drilled into it so it can be used as a shelf and for storing tools neatly. It is used for organizing shovels and probes. If you look closely it is not in proper working order. It has holes drilled into it.
This shoring is not taken off the trailer and not used as it is designed. The shoring should be loaded with mud and dirt. The sides should be worn and torn. The foremen in this truck is paid to fill out trench safety certifications on every job. The foreman in this truck is paid to make sure this safety equipment is used on every job. The foreman is also paid to make sure the trench box is working 100 percent on each job. The trench box must be inspected on every job.
Most Chicago foreman under the direction of Paul (DUI) Hansen, only put the box in hole, when the Safety Department is in route or after someone is injured.
Please do not tell that to the Tucharski Family the lies and phony safety precautions taken by the DOWM. Many North District employees were crying at work this morning as they knew it could have been them.
Chicago Alderman are demanding an investigation into the causes for the constant injuries and millions in workers’ compensation payouts. Chicago Alderman are also mad Rahm Emanuel is not on hand to take care of the family. Konrad gave his life for the citizens of Chicago. Rahm Emanuel cannot allow the same old stupid problems to go on year in and year out. Konrad must be a wake-up call to drug test all city workers, immediately fire slackers, insist city workers learn CPR and basic rescue. All crews should have emergency safety items to save lives. Will Rahm Emanuel save the skins of his political friends? We will let you know.
Rest in peace Konrad Turcharski, you were a great worker. Sorry the Office of the Inspector General never did anything about all those complaints on shoring. Maybe Joe Ferguson does not separate the wheat from the chaff like he thinks. Joe the blood is on you too.
For almost two decades, the City of Chicago Water Department has allowed City workers to work in ditches with no shoring. Just a few days ago, Chicago Clout, exposed for the hundredth-time City Workers are injured on dangerous work site. Chicago Unions such as the Plumbers Union, Bricklayers Union, Laborers Union watch worker and worker end up in the hospital and Chicago Taxpayers are on the hook for millions in Workers Compensation Benefits. I am asking the City of Chicago fire the persons responsible for the ongoing fraud that is allowed day after day. Chicago Clout has filed multiple complaints with the Chicago Inspector General and the Illinois Department of Labor.
All these complaints and files are going to the family of Konrad Tucharski so they can get facts on the cover-up. Chicago Department of Water Management employees were overcome with grief at the North District Yard. I am sure they realized they could be next. Workers watched a gruesome site as Konrad head exploded and popped when the street fell from the sawcutting and dangerous conditions. The Forest Glenn Neighborhood is infamous for the sandy clay mix of soil known as LOAM. Loam is a mushy mix of sand water clay and it is very dangerous to be in.
The North District yard under direction of alderman Tunney’s boy toy Paul Hansen, will allow Foreman to continue filing false Trench safety reports. Per several sources, Paul Hansen did nothing to console workers or demand the use of shoring.
The foreman routinely attach trench boxes behind their trucks that look as clean as a whistle. Also in recent testimony destined to court soon, the foreman are installing broken pieces of wood and wooden boards to imitate proper shoring. The City of Chicago Central District has massive piles of proper shoring that was broken to pieces by hoisting engineers upset they need to do extra work for safety.
The City of Chicago Department of Water Management has fought the Illinois Department of Labor on every fine imposed. Enough is enough. Rahm need to fire all employees that allow the death to happen. Many workers will need psychological care from the carnage they witnessed. Now we need to monitor, Alderman Burke and the Committee on Finance to make sure they do not screw the family from benefits they deserve. Rest in peace Konrad Tucharski. You deserve justice.