Pressure washing systems have been on Chicago Clout’s radar for a very long time. They have washed backhoes and trucks at the City of Chicago Department of Water Management for years. It is no secret they have been reported to the Chicago Office of the Inspector General for flagrant violations. I cannot list them right now. When I approached this company, the workers could not speak English. I contacted the union that covers this bargaining agreement, they did nothing. For years they have washed Chicago’s City Hall sidewalks. The same contractors tied to Blago are tied to Mayor Daley. Do you find it funny how they only talk about certain connections and not others? The City of Chicago is corrupt beyond repair; I just wonder why nothing is done. Chicago Clout is years ahead of the corruption curve, and we will always stay ahead of the top stories. We have more on this company that needs to come out soon, let’s see if the new leadership at the Chicago Office of the Investor General follows through. This picture was taken at the Department of Management yard in Chicago, this company came onto government property with no identification check, they rolled right in. Patrick McDonough. ]]> Continue reading “Pressure Washing Systems clean up Mayor Daley's Departments”
I was speaking to Chicago Cement finishers a couple of days ago, he was a foreman with Mayor Daley’s Department of Transportation. He spoke of the many months Chicago pays their workers unemployment as private contractors make tons of money. The City guys carded the Milwaukee Avenue (Jefferson Park) project that never seems to end. I have watched Mayor Daley and his goons continue to privatize work that should be done by actual Chicago residents. I guess Mayor Daley wants to be a big man to those suburban contractors that give lavishly to his Olympic bid and campaign coffers. This group of laborers was fixing sidewalks for Chicago’s Norwood Park business district. I am amazed at how these laborers are able to drive trucks, operate backhoes, and finish cement. I looked through Mayor Daley’s website and I could not find contracts for Rabine Paving. I think these guys were in the 6100 block of Northwest Highway. The picture was taken on October 5, 2009. A thank you to Mayor Daley, for Chicago is quickly going non-union and non-skilled labor will complete the many tasks. But I do not understand why the Office of the Inspector General does not take the time to investigate these contractors. I am finding an overwhelming amount of Hispanic workers; I do not find women, blacks, or handicap workers working for the private contractors. I think Mayor Daley’s trick is to have his friends and family start phony minority businesses, get the contracts as subcontractors, and laugh all the way to the bank. Photo by Patrick McDonough
look forward to a new Chicago Clout T.V. show just a couple of weeks away. I decided to have Michael Volpe on the show because people need to understand corruption from a fresh perspective. Our viewers at Can-TV want a viewpoint from someone that does not work for the City of Chicago. Fair enough. We are going to re-explore the Hired Truck Scandal and the Hiring Scandals that have plagued Mayor Daley and his Administration. We are also going to look into the Chicago unions, make a determination of their actual value to the Chicago employees. We are again making an invitation to Journeymans' Plumbers Local 130 to appear on the show and tackle the tough questions. Any unions representing Chicago employees are welcome. Dennis Gannon let his slip show with the pension mess, a possible conflict of interest? Special thanks to my 726 Teamster pal for the "Mayor Daley" tee-shirt. Patrick McDonough.
Pucker up and get ready to kiss the Plumber’s crack. According to a memo issued by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management personnel, Tom McManus will be present to discuss questions about the contract and other concerns at the Chicago Local 130 Plumbers Hall. The Plumbers Hall is located at 1340 West Washington Chicago Illinois. The meeting is September 10, 2009. Everyone is invited. In typical Local 130 manner, the invitation was not on City or Union letterhead. When you attend tomorrow, make sure you ask what the hell this union has done for your working rights. Ask why the dues are so high. Ask about his family favors while Local 130 members starve. Ask why he still needs a job when mandatory retirement means he should be out of a job and some other slob get the B.A. position. Ask what he does all day and how much money, in total he makes all year. Ask who Local 130 picks up all the legal fees for, while you and your family eat dirt. Then turn around and show these people your version of this picture. And ask for a reduction in union dues, wait for your answer. Ask why Local 130 did not let you vote on the changes in the contract with the City of Chicago. Photo touched up by Patrick McDonough.
The City of Chicago has a crime ridden Streets and Sanitation Department so bad, Mayor Daley shuffles the high ranking members like a deck of cards. One of the employees today crossed a ward boundary in the afternoon to give me some grief. Streets and Sanitation wards are run by Ward Superintendents usually under the control of the local Alderman. I think this dude is with Alderman Allen and the 38TH Ward goons. Today, he crossed Addison Avenue at about 1:00 PM and started venting about safety issues, safety vests, I think he is very upset with his job and he is upset with the world. As a whistleblower against Alderman Allen and the City of Chicago in general, I get lots of tough guys that want to lull me into a fight and torment me on the job. In the past, guys that made my life miserable were rewarded with overtime, favors, and respect when they verbally assaulted me. Many other acts of random violence occurred on a regular basis. The Street Sweeper is a job that is considered a plum assignment to get you out of the garbage truck. The garbage truck is always hot for the driver, the engine is right under you; it stinks bad, and is a dangerous job. The rumor around the Teamsters was, ring a few doorbells, kiss a little rump, and walla, you are on the Street Sweeper. I tried to find the name of this dude, but Alderman Allen’s staff was not sure, Gregory Von Moser, and his replacement was scared as a cat to talk. This Street and Sanitation Street Sweeper needs to wear a helmet on duty, wear safety glasses, wear his safety vest, wear gloves, wear his seatbelt, and keep the clear plastic deflector for branches up at all times. He might also need to keep in his own ward and stop harassing whistleblowers. If you know what this goon was doing in the 30TH ward today, give me an e-mail, Mayor Daley wants you concentrating. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Most famous reporters say things like, “There he goes again”, after a session with Mayor Daley. A Chicago press conference with Daley is a test in one’s ability not to swear at his corny answers. This picture depicts another contractor putting a patch on a wound. A method of sealing basins is to “line” them. A thin spray coat is put over the bricks and then they look pretty. This is not a proper structural repair. The type of brick Chicago Department of Water Management has used for years, decays when it comes in contact with brine or salt (sodium, road salt). These bricks support heavy cast iron lids and covers. After buses, trucks, and heavy traffic roll over them, it renders the thin coating useless. The procedure is to have the basins vactored and washed out prior to this lining but I found this is not done correctly. In fact, an investigator crew was called out when citizens smelled poop water. This was verified by me personally. The water was sprayed into the sidewalk where people walk. This was covered-up by a superior. I have noticed the amount of construction by private contractors has reached a fever pitch. None of this work is supervised by Chicago Inspectors. Daley uses kids to supervise the work. Mayor Daley is hurting Chicago City Workers by paying contractors that give bribes and kickbacks to him and his political machine. I am proud the Laborers Local 1092 fighting for this work for their members. They are aware of the crews on Irving Park just west and east of Cicero Avenue. Take pictures of these goons and send them to Chicago Clout. Photo by Patrick McDonough.
Many Chicago Teamsters from local 726 sit a home unsure of the next meal or mortgage payment. The trucks they drove rot on a parking lot hidden from public view. The City of Chicago still uses the trucks they lease, while these trucks they own, sit idle. Mayor Daley’s Hired Truck Program is back on track providing work to non-union trucking firms while the taxpayer’s trucks rust. Chicago pays the former employees to sit at home on un-employment and do nothing as the city trucks rust. Trucking companies from the suburbs work as Chicago workers sit at home. We are organizing a food drive for these workers August 13, 2009 at Wright College 4300 North Narragansett in Chicago, after work. If you are a current Chicago City Worker, please bring any canned food items to help those with no job. We will be joined by No-Games Chicago, AFSCME, Teamsters 726 members, and current Chicago City employees. We will have a petition for every City employee to sign and you will be given an option to sue to enforce the agreed 10 year contract. We are going to take issue with the scam agreement unions made with-out member’s vote. This affects many Chicago Local unions. Look over your own shoulder, Daley is going to cut more positions, you might be next. We are also asking all Chicago Unions to reduce the dues now. Save your jobs, lawyers stand by to protect your rights. Photo by Patrick McDonough ]]> Continue reading “Chicago Streets Rot, Chicago Workers Fired, Hired Trucks Roll Protest”
August 7, 2009. Yesterday was a very long day for me. It started at 6:00 a.m. and did not end until 3:00 a.m. the next day. I still in shock at the treatment I was given by Kenny Construction Company employees yesterday. I helped a cameraman from a major news station interview Chicago Teamsters 726 members that are laid off by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. We were on a job site, a sewer main replacement on 75th Street in Chicago. I have become a skeptic of the Daley Administration, the more I see them in action. Daley has major infrastructure construction work around 75th and the Dan Ryan, sewers, water mains, and I also saw MAT and Kenny construction. I might have been fooled thinking Mayor Daley was really interested improving this black neighborhood, but I know better. I am implying Mayor Daley and his Olympic committee consider this area as a staging area for the 2016 Olympic bid. I also suggest Daley and his goons sewed up the deal for the Olympic bid long ago. I received information into the basic rules of trucking and prevailing wage law. For some reason the Chicago trade Unions allow grey areas in the trucking industry. These grey areas allow Daley’s friends to exploit fair play and make millions off the backs of blacks, Hispanics, and ex-offenders. The phony minority trucking companies fuel elections for both Democrats and Republicans. The Olympic bid will be profitable for Daley friends and supporters. The bottom line of the video below is making sure we thank Alderman Freddrenna M. Lyle of Chicago’s 6th Ward. Alderman Lyle, took un-scheduled time to make a meeting and hear Teamsters Local 726 issues, and answer tough questions from Chicago Clout. This would never be done by a white Alderman in Chicago, period. I was also ashamed by members of the Operating Engineers Local 150, the Journeymans’ Plumbers Local 130, The Laborers Local 1092, and other City Workers loading trucking companies that are not union members. The leadership of embroiled Teamsters 726 did not arrive out to the site to make an inspection. What kind of Union members would load scab trucking companies up when their brethren picket across the street? Most of the teamsters on the picket were black and Daley replaced them with Hispanic scab workers. The neighborhood is mostly black and Daley fired black workers, a page in the Bridgeport 11th Ward playbook. I am producing a show on this issue this month, I invite all. I am also proud to report a massive movement to raise funds for Teamsters victims of Daley’s privatization schemes, and a massive rally by all City Workers to help provide canned food and money to help the fallen union brethren. Call your local unions and get a discount on your union dues now! Your Chicago Unions have sold you out! Photo by Patrick McDonough.