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FILTHY SCHOOLS at CPS

The most recent headlines about the filthy school buildings and the mismanagement of the city of Chicago Schools, indicate there is need to stop any further privatizing of school services. In 2012 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Claypool privatized custodians(cleaning personnel) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) costing taxpayers $94 million annually in management fees, a function CPS operating engineers previously performed at no extra cost as part of their day-to-day duties. The mayor now plans to privatize operating engineers citywide, costing Chicago taxpayers nearly $200 million more annually in management fees and lost pension contributions. Chicago’s mismanaged public schools, has NO business privatizing any tax payer funded positions.

Every Illinois school board is elected and subject to financial safeguards under Illinois law requiring transparency and three year cost/impact studies before outsourcing public services to for-profit management corporations. The only exception is the Chicago Board of Education, giving the mayor and the UNELECTED School Board complete discretion to privatize without accountability or justification. As a direct result, in 2012, CPS began privatizing select Chicago schools absent cost/impact studies, public scrutiny and customary transparency. SodexoMagic and Aramark have received nearly $800 million contracts to privatize engineers and custodians. SodexoMagic made an extraordinary campaign contribution of $250,000 to Mayor Emanuel. Aramark Corporation has charged CPS with over $20 million in cost over-runs.

This citywide privatization will mean there will be NO CPS employed personnel at any of the 600 school buildings so accountability and staffing will be left to profit driven companies discretion, giving them unlimited latitude to reduce services and staffing at each school and increase their profits. This unchecked action by CPS is despite Sodexo and Aramark’s public record of poor performance at CPS and at school districts nationwide. Both corporations have been removed from countless school districts nationwide for unethical practices, poor performance and, as to Sodexo, widespread racial discrimination. In 2010, New York’s Attorney General won a $20 million settlement from Sodexo for overbilling school districts. In 2005, Sodexo paid $80 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the company’s thousands of African American employees who were denied promotions and segregated in the company.

Closer to home, as has been reported, complaints about dirty school buildings have increased and the results of reduced services to make profits are now taking toll on the aging buildings. Students and teachers have had to put up with unsanitary conditions which were never evident when the Engineers and Custodians were CPS employees and did not take direction from a profit motivated contractor. Principals routinely report unsanitary bathroom conditions, lack of cleaning supplies, overflowing garbage cans, rodent and insect infestations under Sodexo and Aramark’s management. Imagine when the engineer who is in charge of the safety, climate and day to day operations is no longer a CPS employee and has to take direction from a contractor whose main goal is to make a profit. Not only will the buildings be dirty but the safety will be left to the discretion of a contractor whose main purpose is to make a profit.

CPS’ exemption from cost/impact study provisions under Illinois law has given rise to these controversial for-profit management corporations that divert hundreds of millions in scarce public funds from classrooms and taxpayers’ pockets to profits. The city of Chicago taxpayers should demand the same fiscal safeguards and transparencies afforded every other school board in Illinois by ending CPS’ exemption from cost/impact studies and preventing CPS from giving unnecessary lucrative contracts at the taxpayer’s expense.

William Iacullo
President, IUOE Local 143
773-791-4803

CFC CERTIFICATION CLASS AND EXAM IS BEING HELD AS FOLLOWS

The week of June 4th thru June 8th
Exam will be that same week
Classes will be held from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
At the Union Office

For more information and to register Please call:

Brother Bob Caccioppo at 773-895-3984

June MEETING IS

THURSDAY June 14
6:00 PM
DUNBAR HS

Paul Vallas will be our guest speaker

Local 143 will hold CFC Certification training and exam for members beginning April 9.

Contact Bob Caccioppo at 773-895-3984 to register.

 

 

Fraternally

Bill Iacullo, president

 

Engineers

If you did not receive this form in your CPS email, please make sure you fill this out with your intention. Cut and paste the link below:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4Cfjr3RDtahG7QsZ1aKNjd-ay-BFwRC90vChPsj5Eur7o2A/viewform?c=0&w=1

Sister and Brother Engineers,

 

Today you will find in your CPS email a transition selection form. This is to advise CPS of your intentions. All engineers should complete this. The Department of facilities needs to know your intentions.

Subsequently, there will be job fairs for those schools assigned to transition to Aramark or Sodexo that were identified in the original transition as Phase 2 in March. You will be notified if your school is in those Zone.

NOTE: The three zones  3,4, and 9 have not yet been assigned to a vendor and is pending review by the procurement. I am told a selection will be made by mid-April.

If your school is in Zones 3, 4 or 9 you do not need to complete your application and background process until a vendor is chosen for those Zones in April. At that time you will be notified of the date of application process with the identified vendor.

Please see the three zones(3,4,and 9) below that are not assigned to vendor and pending review for a vendor assignment in April.

Fraternally,

Bill

 

 

AUSTIN POLY HS Zone 3 AGASSIZ Zone 4 ACE TECH HS Zone 9
AUSTIN POLY HS Zone 3 AUDUBON Zone 4 ARIEL Zone 9
AUSTIN POLY HS Zone 3 BARRY Zone 4 ARIEL Zone 9
BELMONT-CRAIGIN Zone 3 BELL Zone 4 BEASLEY Zone 9
BRUNSON Zone 3 BLAINE Zone 4 BEETHOVEN Zone 9
BURBANK Zone 3 BRENTANO Zone 4 BURKE Zone 9
CLARK HS Zone 3 BURLEY Zone 4 CARNEGIE Zone 9
CLARK HS Zone 3 CHASE Zone 4 CARTER Zone 9
CLARK HS Zone 3 DARWIN Zone 4 DOOLITTLE/URBAN PREP Zone 9
DOUGLASS HS Zone 3 FRANKLIN Zone 4 DRAKE @ WILLIAMS Zone 9
FALCONER Zone 3 INTER-AMERICAN Zone 4 DUNBAR HS Zone 9
HANSON PARK Zone 3 JAHN Zone 4 DUNBAR HS Zone 9
HAY Zone 3 KELVYN PARK HS Zone 4 FISKE Zone 9
LELAND Zone 3 KELVYN PARK HS Zone 4 FULLER Zone 9
LEWIS Zone 3 LANE TECH HS Zone 4 HENDRICKS Zone 9
LEWIS Zone 3 LANE TECH HS Zone 4 HYDE PARK HS Zone 9
LLOYD Zone 3 LANE TECH HS Zone 4 KENWOOD HS Zone 9
LOCKE J Zone 3 LASALLE Zone 4 KENWOOD HS Zone 9
LOVETT Zone 3 LINCOLN PARK HS Zone 4 KING HS Zone 9
LYON Zone 3 LINCOLN PARK HS Zone 4 KOZMINSKI Zone 9
NASH Zone 3 LINCOLN PARK HS Zone 4 MOLLISON Zone 9
PROSSER HS Zone 3 LOGANDALE Zone 4 MURRAY Zone 9
PROSSER HS Zone 3 MANIERRE Zone 4 PERSHING Zone 9
SAYRE Zone 3 MAYER Zone 4 PHILLIPS HS Zone 9
SCHUBERT Zone 3 MCAULIFFE Zone 4 PHILLIPS HS Zone 9
SPENCER Zone 3 MONROE Zone 4 RAY Zone 9
STEINMETZ HS Zone 3 MOZART Zone 4 ROBINSON Zone 9
STEINMETZ HS Zone 3 NEWBERRY Zone 4 SHOESMITH Zone 9
YOUNG ES Zone 3 NIXON Zone 4 TILL Zone 9
YOUNG ES Zone 3 PRESCOTT Zone 4 WADSWORTH Zone 9
REILLY Zone 4 WADSWORTH Zone 9
LINCOLN ELEM Zone 4 WADSWORTH Zone 9
WELLS ES Zone 9
WILLIAMS HS Zone 9
WILLIAMS HS Zone 9
KING HS Zone 9

Engineers

I talked to CPS operations and have been  asked that,  Engineers who are working today Sunday Feb 11 for weekend functions are to follow the snow command procedures for snow removal. Engineers who are not working today are to report to work tomorrow Monday Feb 12 at 5 am and follow the snow command procedures to insure safe access to the school buildings.

Fratenally

Bill Iacullo

The next regular meeting is as follows

 

NOTICE NEW TIME

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2018

 6:00  PM

DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

 

Local 143 -143B Gives thanks to all our Veteran Members as well as all Veterans who have served our great county and made it possible for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we cherish.

 

 

Phase 1 engineers have recieved notices about the transition to the IFM. This notice states engineers in Phase will be laid off. There was some communication about cashing in grandfather sick days. The CPS is stating that in order to cash in grandfather dyas if you are eligible, you must resign. That is correct. However the CPS further said the engineers in Phase 1 eligible for cashing grandfather sick days, they must resign within two weeks of the layoff. While this may be a CPS policy, our contract allows you up to 12 months to resign and cash in your grandfather days It is section 11-4.1 of the contract. I have brought this to CPS attention.

Fraternally,
Bill