Posted on May 21, 2010 by chicagocloutAsk your Plumbing Inspector demands "NO STRIKE VOTE" for Chicago Unions Plumbers Video
11 Replies to “Ask your Plumbing Inspector demands "NO STRIKE VOTE" for Chicago Unions Plumbers Video”
Boy oh boy! Jim Sullivan has really lost his grip on running the greatest local in the world! Maybe if he got to know the members like Gerald M Sullivan did we would not have these problems of calling for strikes for all the WRONG reasons!
OK Jim Sullivan, I have been out of work for 18 months and I am about to lose my home–why would I vote to strike and lessen my chances of returning to work? I say NO to striking!
Hello Mr. Sullivan–We all know that when you go through your apprenticeship with a licensed and bonded contractor, you expect to be working through your whole apprenticeship. I have been out of work for almost two years now and I will be taking the license exam next month. What hope do I have for the future when you are asking the members to strike?? I want to buy a home like everyone else and raise a family, but I can’t when I am not working!!
Jim Sullivan has wrecked Plumber’s Local 130, he ain’t gonna break me. I have no money to strike. None. Tell him.
Minority-business program needs fixing
May 24, 2010
If City Hall is really doing a bang-up job of delivering a fair chunk of city business to minority- and women-owned businesses, let’s see the proof.
Because a new report says the city simply is not.
And this is too important a program to shortchange.
An internal audit of the program, released Thursday by Inspector General Joe Ferguson, found that African Americans, Hispanics, women and Asians were deprived of at least $19 million worth of contracts in 2008 because of “widespread” fraud, abuse and mismanagement. The audit also unearthed “broad and pervasive deficiencies” in the city’s administration of the program.
We’re not suggesting the Daley administration is deliberately trying to torpedo the program. In 2003, in fact, the city went to court to argue against dismantling of the program, which was begun under former Mayor Harold Washington in 1985 and codified into law in 1990.
But the city can’t pretend to be surprised by the problems Ferguson’s audit uncovered. The program has a long history of abuses, many first reported by this newspaper.
In the infamous Hired Truck scandal, for example, white men raked in city business through the program by setting up trucking companies in the names of women, blacks and Hispanics.
Ferguson’s audit was not a simple rehash of those earlier scandals and findings, as City Hall’s law office would have you believe, but rather a systematic uncovering of the program’s many failings. Ferguson also concluded that no single person or department was responsible for the failures, meaning there is no single solution.
But that doesn’t let City Hall off the hook. The city must get this program right.
Anything less is a slap in the face to legitimate woman-owned and minority-owned businesses that for most of Chicago’s history were iced out.
How is it that no one wanted to vote yes on a strike vote but yet it was approved with an 85% vote? (Response) The retriees voted first. That is how nothing changes as the ship sinks. Your vote tally is high. This vote is an embarrassment to Sullivan.
Hey Pat, I did’t see you at the meeting. Where were you??!! (Response) I do not drink, I am glad you a getting help.
This minority contracting and hiring is a load of crap,how can you be a minority in a country that nobody comes from anyway.When I go and fight for our country I fight for all American’s.Why can’t we just be Americans?
What does drinking have to do with going to the meeting regarding the strke vote(I do not drink for the record)? As far as the other comment to me it is just an assinine and incompetent remark. You can make up all the excuses you want Pat, the fact is you just do not believe in your own comments about the strike vote enough to show up. Just like a lot of folks that bitch about the politions but do not go to the polls and vote to try and make a difference!
ANY TRADE THAT WOULD GO ON STRIKE AT THIS TIME MUST BE NUTS.JIM SULLIVAN ITS TIME TO CALL ITS QUITS.130 NEEDS NEW LEADERS TO BRING US INTO THE 2000S.I AM TO OLD TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE. I HOPE ALL YOU YOUNG PLUMBERS STAND UP AND GET RID OF ALL OF THE LEADERS OF THIS UNION.WE NEED NEW LEADER SHIP IN ALL POSITIONS.
man guys i dont know what to think,everyone is attacking one another,we all need a helping hand ,but there just aint no jobs.everyone is mad at the union,but they have no jobs,i dont know .pray god is sick of this world.i hope he comes quick and ends this misery,my mind hurts from thinking.
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