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Next meeting is THURSDAY September 8 at 7pm at Dunbar HS.
If you took a class this past semester, the Certificates will be at the meeting for distribution.
I have received several calls regarding a memo from Operations requesting Engineers start at 5am on the first day of school September 6th. To clarify and in accordance to our contract, please note, all hours prior to your regular start time will be paid at your overtime rate. Also note, this is not a change in schedule, your regular end of day time for Monday shall remain the same. Unless otherwise directed by Operations your schedule shall return to your regular assigned start time on Wednesday September 7th. As per contract, changes in work hours and schedule require a two week notice.
We have come to agreement in negotiations with CPS on several contractual issues for a new five year bargaining agreement. When we complete the tentative agreements, you will have a chance to review the agreements and vote to ratify. In addition, as part of this agreement CPS has agreed to initiate repayment of increments due to our members since 2012. The union is working out the details as to how the payment will be made.
The next membership meeting is Thursday September 8, 2016.
Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend
Sisters and Brothers of Local143 and 143B,
The recent announcement of layoffs from CPS does not include any member of 143 or 143b.
Non of our members will be effected by this layoff.
Bill Iacullo, President
We are still in negotiations with CPS for both 143 and 143B. The financial issues are being discussed as is all other aspects of our terms in both contracts. When tentative agreements are made a meeting will be called where all terms will be discussed and then a ratification will be held. We are not close to that yet but be assured we are continuing our work in negotiations for the best agreement we can obtain for our members.
As far as this pilot and possible increase in the facility management issue going on, we will continue our objection to any spending of funds that CPS does not have on work we have performed at no additional cost for over 115 years. I promise our objection to this unnecessary use of funds needed in the classroom will continue to be strong and firm. As the only engineers who have operated and maintained the Chicago Public Schools for over 115 years, we know how to keep the students safe and extend the life of the building these students attend every day. The proof is that the average age of the buildings we managed is 80 years old. These buildings are still here and functional because of Local 143. Especially since 2012 when we have had to operate the buildings with NO funding.
Any updates will be posted here on our website.
Also please visit www.saveourcpskids.org.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I realize that you have been hearing all different rumors and statement about our Collective Bargaining Agreement (Contract). Let me state that unless you hear it from me regarding your rights and conditions at work it is a RUMOR. Everything you are hearing are statements made by individuals who are not at our negotiating sessions, so there is no factual basis to what you are being told. Remember no new terms that are in conflict to our present contact will take effect until YOU have a chance to review them and VOTE on those changes. So until you hear it from me it is a RUMOR being told told to you by someone with NO facts.
We are making slow progress with CPS in negotiating a multi year bargaining agreement, but in negotiations this is not unusual. The negotiations will likely continue past June 30th which is the date our present bargaining agreement expires. While we negotiate and until you as the members ratify a NEW bargaining agreement, the terms and conditions of our present agreement (Contract) remain in effect. You WILL be covered by our present Contract until a new contract is ratified by the membership. So please rely on this website and communication from me for factual information about your job.
Also, vendors who are participating in this so called “PILOT” are coming into schools included in the Pilot and may offer you a position. Do not make a rash decision a take an offer. Always call me if you are approached with an offer before accepting it. We are also negotiating terms which will effect your pay , seniority and any rights you will have in the unlikely event you would be working for these vendors. If you take an offer now any terms we negotiate will not apply as you will no longer be a CPS employee paying into your pension fund. TRUST ONLY your union not a vendor. Your union, LOCAL 143 IUOE is the only one that has your BEST interest in the action we take with regards to your job.
I fully understand the stress everyone is experiencing especially this summer with all these proposed changes. Once again, I repeat all these changes are proposed, nothing is cut in stone yet. Please stay in touch with our website www.saveourcpskids.org. This is a very unusual negotiation session, but not one that we as your union are not prepared to win the best agreement for YOU our members. So trust your Union and rely on ONLY what you hear from me. I thank you for all the hard work you all have been doing in providing the Chicago School Children a safe comfortable environment.
I remain Fraternally Yours,
Bill Iacullo, President
Today Local 143 held a press conference in front of CPS Headquarters
I have also set up a web sight for you to keep updated and for your signature for our petition.
The web site is www.saveourcpskids.org
Sisters and Brothers
I have attached a letter from General President Callahan with great insight to the importance of this Presidential election. Please read the following and check out the links in the body of the letter.
Bill Iacullo, President Local 143. 143b
Dear William ,
The November elections are rapidly approaching and the Operating Engineers are gearing up. At the IUOE, we don’t live for politics, but the reality is that politics determine how we live.
Nothing has been normal about this election so far, including the fact that all three branches of government are in play. For the first time in memory, the outcome of this Presidential election will directly determine whether we will have a pro-worker majority on the Supreme Court.
The choice for President could not be more clear. The presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is anti-union, supports right-to-work, and believes American workers are paid too much. The presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a strong supporter of working men and women, and has made boosting infrastructure and protecting labor standards a key part of her plans as President.
The IUOE has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. We have produced this short video in support of Secretary Clinton. See “Job Done” here.
The Operating Engineers must and will be engaged in this election. The livelihoods of IUOE members and their families is on the line. Workplace protections and labor rights have been under assault on the state level for years; and now the attacks on workers’ rights will take center stage on the national level.
Please take a few minutes to find out more about Secretary Clinton atengineersaction.org and watch the “Job Done” video. We will be updating the web site throughout the election, so make sure to check back often. Please feel free to share the video with fellow Operating Engineers and your family members.
I understand that your vote is a personal decision. Your vote also has important implications for all Operating Engineers. That’s why the IUOE has taken the time to research the candidates’ record on the issues that matter most to Operating Engineer families. We hope that you find this information helpful.
Whatever decision you make, please make your plan to vote on November 8 in the general election. Millions of voters are going to the polls and Operating Engineers should lead the way in our communities.
James T. Callahan