Mayor Daley Budget is a Disgrace! City Workers Will Be Fired

Many months ago, I told you Mayor Daley is running the City of Chicago into the Ground! Mayor Daley has no self control when it comes to spending. I made it clear; the City of Chicago is broke! Chicago Clout readers knew these 420 million dollars of debt was on the way with more debt in the horizon. Now that many Chicago City Workers will lose their jobs, it is time to fight back! If you are a Chicago City Worker and you lose your job, read my prescription for payback. Make a list of every contactor working at your department. Make a list of every sub-contractor working at your department. Then take the list and e-mail it here: I hope you enjoy this picture of Bannerville U.S.A. Bannerville puts up the banners on light poles and in the parks. I hope someone tells the Mayor of Chicago this is a luxury that is not needed. Chicago is so poorly run; the Daley Administration did not admit or know the City is heading into bankruptcy! I suggest the company that is located in Burr Ridge to move into the City of Chicago to keep our taxpayer money in the city. I also hope the Chicago city employees get a camera and start taking photos of contractors taking their job. In this picture you will see one guy busting his tail doing the work and another with his leg up on the door styling and profiling. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

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  1. BUDGET | Mayoral commission pushes plan unions will fight

    August 16, 2008)

    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Chicago could save sorely needed millions — and speed a citywide conversion to suburban-style curbside recycling — by privatizing residential recycling, according to a mayoral commission appointed to examine the scope and structure of local government.

    The proposal from a 21st Century Commission co-chaired by Mayor Daley’s budget director is politically volatile but well-timed.

    Privatization has long been a sore point with organized labor and its City Council allies. But Chicago is facing a $420 million deficit that mayoral aides have warned will require a “paradigm shift” in services the city provides and the way they are delivered.

    The budget crisis that could trigger well over 1,000 layoffs, including police and fire, also threatens to slow or halt the citywide switch to blue-cart recycling that was expected to be serving 600,000 households by 2011.

    If residential recycling is privatized, the city would be spared the expense of purchasing blue carts and separate recycling trucks. And collection costs could be reduced, since most private haulers do the job with only one employee.

    For decades, Chicago’s garbage has been picked up by city crews composed of three employees: a truck driver and two laborers. Two-employee crews serve the 134,000 households that already have blue carts.

    Chicago Recycling Coalition president Julie Dick said she would be “supportive of anything” that speeds the switch to blue carts in the wake of the 13-year-long blue bag debacle.

    “There’s an issue in not having enough trucks to pick up all the recyclables. They don’t have a separate fleet. They’re using extra trucks. That’s part of why this is expensive initially. They have to buy all of these additional trucks,” Dick said.

    Lou Phillips, business manager for Laborers Union Local 1001, said he was “totally against” the change. It could cost his members their city jobs at a time when City Hall is demanding unpaid furlough days and other cost-saving union concessions.

    “I don’t think it would save the city any money. How would they service large areas? I just don’t think it would work on a scale as large as the city is,” he said.

    Phillips added, “We’re driving through the same alleys picking up the garbage. You’re paying double-service.”

    Wendy Abrams, spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, refused to say whether Daley would follow through on the proposal to privatize household recycling. Earlier this week, Chief Financial Officer Paul Volpe reportedly told aldermen in closed-door budget briefings that recycling was “a big loser” for the city.

    Business groups and downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) remain skeptical of the change, despite the promise of reduced waste-hauling costs and the potential for a multi-million-dollar franchise fee for Chicago taxpayers.

  2. Start with “Clean Slate”, they hand sweep streets and clean vacant lots and that belongs to laborers.

    The first to go will be the 60, 70, 80 percent laborers in Streets and Sanitation.

    Is it true that some programs in street operations are emerging with Rodent Control?

    (Response) Yesterday I saw a large group of workers for a private company standing around doing nothing on the Northside of Chicago making repairs to the asphalt. You guys will be out of a job. Kiss your city job goodbye. Mayor Daley will shakedown the private companies, it is easier.

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