The 2011 Blizzard was another feast for Mayor Daley’s “Hired Truck” pals. Nothing like an emergency to rape and scam the Chicago Taxpayers again. Chicago has never learned its lesson and continues to make the non-union scabs and suburban trucking companies millions while Chicago residents sit at home and starve. What a going away present for Daley and his 11Th Ward goons. This weekend was a prime example of union city workers sent home while members of Local 150 continue to load the “Hired Trucks”. Chicago Teamsters get part-time work thanks to paying for the excess and debts Daley piles on the back of folks struggling to make ends meet. Daley leaves poor blacks and Hispanics with no future or job while the suburban trucking companies prepare to pillage the city to bankruptcy. What did the Union Teamsters and Operating Engineers do about this? Much of this work is under supervision of union workers/ What are you doing? Now some unions think Rahm is the answer, better think that one over again. Will the Office of the Inspector General investigate if prevailing wage, living wages and benefits are paid to these scabs? We also need to watch out for kickbacks. Photo by Chicago Clout Inspector.
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MY HAT GOES OFF TO THE PLOW DRIVERS AND ALL THE CITY WORKERS WHO HELPED IN THE SNOW REMOVAL AND MAKE OUR STREETS SAFE SO OUR FAMILYS COULD COME HOME.
THE BIG QUESTION IS THAT NO WATER DEPARTMENT DRIVERS WERE CALLED OUT THEY TO DRIVE TRACTORS AND TRAILORS.THE CITY CALLED PEOPLE OUT THAT DON’T PAY CITY TAXES OR LIVE IN THE CITY AND GET PAYED CASH BUT THE CITY WORKERS GET PAYED COMPTIME.COMPTIME DOESN’T PAY THE BILLS.
Wed. saw a recently retired water dept. 150 guy working a private high-lift loading snow on hired trucks. Nice, two checks, city pension and contractor check. While 150’s hall is full of people with no checks. Clout still rules supreme.
(Response) Take a picture of the prick and I will publish it! Thanks
Three Hired Truck firms paid to clear snow after blizzard
BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND TIM NOVAK Staff Reporters Feb 15, 2011 10:47AM
Chicago continues to digs out after big snow storm. City crews cleans alley of snow near S. Fairfield Ave and W. Cermak Road, Monday, February 7, 2011. | John H White~Sun-Times
The blizzard of costs to clean up Chicago’s third-largest snowstorm is starting to pile up — with $8 million in emergency contracts awarded in just one day, three of them to former Hired Truck companies.
On Feb. 3, the day after it stopped snowing, the Daley administration awarded 32 emergency contracts of $250,000 apiece, all of them tied to snow removal, storm cleanup or rescue.
One of the contracts went to Power Sports Rental Network of Appleton, Wis., which supplied snowmobiles such as those Chicago firefighters used to rescue stranded motorists on Lake Shore Drive.
The list also includes three companies that rode the Hired Truck gravy train before the Sun-Times blew the whistle on a program that paid clout-heavy companies — some with ties to organized crime — to do little or no work.
They include G.G. Connections Inc. of Willow Springs, which got more than $400,000 in work under the Hired Truck program in 2003; S.A.S. Dump Inc. ($225,000 in 2003), and KLF Trucking.
The Aviation Department signed an emergency contract with Diamond Coring, an O’Hare Airport contractor currently under federal investigation.
The concrete cutting and paving company formerly employed Michael Levar, a former Aviation Department deputy who is the brother of retiring Ald. Pat Levar (45th), chairman of the City Council’s Aviation Committee. Diamond Coring contributed $11,400 to Levar’s campaign funds.
Yet another emergency contract went to Allied Waste Services, a company with ties to Bridgeport trucking magnate Fred Barbara and the Hispanic Democratic Organization at the center of the city hiring scandal.
Two years ago, Allied was awarded a three-year, $17.6 million contract to supply the giant garbage bins that helped Mayor Daley abolish the scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.
The $8 million in emergency spending is just the beginning of costs tied to the Blizzard of 2011.
It does not include costs associated with implementing Phase 4 of the city’s snow plan, which calls for leasing heavy equipment and operators to assist during heavy snowfalls.
MAT Leasing, owned by former Hired Truck kingpin Michael Tadin, provided high-lift equipment, front-end loaders and 50 dump trucks that played a pivotal role in clearing Lake Shore Drive from Interstate 55 on the south to North Avenue, said company spokesman Bill Plunkett. Tadin’s trucks also helped clear downtown and neighborhood streets.
“The city called on Mr. Tadin’s company, and it responded immediately,” under a Phase 4 contract awarded in 2007, Plunkett said, noting that MAT has responded to “at least four earlier snow emergencies.”
Tadin is the perennial city trucking magnate whose $1.25 million loan to a security company co-owned by then-Ald. Patrick Huels (11th) forced the 1997 resignation of Daley’s former City Council floor leader. Tadin’s trucking company had received a $1.1 million city subsidy with Huels’ help.
Tadin was the undisputed king of Hired Trucks, emerging from the pack, even after City Hall accused the company of overbilling and agreed to spread the wealth to other firms. No overbilling was ever documented. The program was disbanded in 2005.
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