At negotiations this week, the CPS rejected our generous offer which was significantly better, and had more cost savings to CPS than that of the Arbitrator, who CPS recently agreed with. It’s obvious this is not about cost savings even though CPS is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Our next step is that we will proceed with impact bargaining which will take place next week in conjunction with a 4 year agreement. I will update when I have more.

Please know, the fight has just begun and trust that I and your negotiating team will do everything in our power to get a fair contract for all of you. Local 143 has been here since 1902 and the safety and services we have provide for 115 years will not be disgraced by motives other than the best for the School Children of Chicago.


I remain Fraternally Yours,

Bill Iacullo, President

Local 143 Engineers

As you know we are in the process of negotiating a contract with CPS. So far they are offering us a 4 year agreement. But they have expressed to us that they want to expand in their words “The Pilot” of facility management as is being done in 33 New Schools that were once serviced by Hill Mechanical. It is my understanding that some of the schools that are being included this “Pilot Expansion” are schools where our members are retiring. However you may still be working at one of these schools presently and may be approached by a vendor who possibly take over the management of that school. If this is the case , please call me as soon as you are approached. You have seniority rights to stay a CPS employee and continue you pension fund with Municipal Fund as well as all other benefits of our contract. Any engineer position that might be affected by this move will be handled according to your seniority. I can’t say enough, do not agree to anything with a vendor, call your union President FIRST.

Bill Iacullo President


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It is our priority is to always protect our members and keep you informed at every level. To date, Local 143 has had two negotiating sessions with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and have several more scheduled.

I have also met with a number of high ranking elected officials to discuss our absolute opposition to the CPS’ proposal to outsource integrated facility management. My discussions included the impact the CPS’ actions would have on the pension system if we are taken out of the fund, the benefits of our members remaining CPS employees and the unnecessary high cost to CPS by privatizing services that we have always performed during our long rich history serving the Chicago Public School Children.

We made it clear based on our record of safety and performance that Local 143 Engineers remain the best, safest and most cost efficient course for CPS.  Your dedication to the service we provide has established a strong footing for our negotiations.  During our upcoming sessions, we will be negotiating a new 4-year contract based on our membership’s strength as highly skilled, stable and proven employees.

I understand your concerns and your seeing want ads, etc…. PLEASE BE ASSURED, I will continue our fight for what is right and I ask all of our members to continue our unity as we have done though every previous challenge. It’s because of this strength and brotherhood, Local 143 has prevailed. No one can match our record of safety in maintaining the aging , antiquated and outdated Chicago Public School buildings as we have as proud members of Local 143

I will continue to keep you updated on our progress over the coming months. I ask that you continue the great work all of you have done as proud Local 143 members. We are the best in school operations. It is a tribute to all of you and to our past members that our Local has served the CPS since 1902. Thank You.




Bill Iacullo, President

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Missing medical student Ambrose Monye is a family friend of Our Brother from IUOE Local 891, President Robert Troeller,

Any information would be greatly appreciated


Bill Iacullo, President

Dear Sister and Brother Members,

Today was our first negotiation session with CPS. As CPS did the last two contracts the session was started with their intent to privatize our work that we have done for the last 114 years. While this seems to be the standard method of CPS starting negotiations, I can assure you that I will fight as I have done in every previous contract negotiation.  Sometime today CPS will be sending you a communication regarding their intentions. As I stated, we are in negotiations and have several dates scheduled for further negotiations.

One thing I ask, is do not listen to rumors. There will be a lot of stories and spins on what is happening.  Do not listen to those stories. You will be informed by the union when agreements have been reached. Come to regular membership meeting tomorrow night at 7pm which will be held at Dunbar HS.

For now, I ask that we continue to perform our jobs and let your negotiating team do our job to obtain a new contract for all of you. I thank you for your hard work.



Dear Local 143 and 143B members

I met with the CPS Monday after to discuss the impact of Furlough days on our members.

To date I can offer the following: If you are working at a Charter School and school is in session on Friday March 25th, the CPS will cpontact you to work and will assign an alternative date for your Furlough Day. You will be paid for all hours worked on Friday.

If you have building rentals, the principals have been instructed on how to handle those particular situations.

If you had previously put in for benefit day it will be returned to your bank and you will be furloughed for Friday at this time.

I will continue our discussion with CPS regarding this matter and I will update you as new information evolves.



Bill Iacullo, Preisdent

Dear Members


Recently there has been changes to how payroll for Engineers is entered through TKC.  Please know this was done without notification to the Local. Our contract assures that all changes to our terms and conditions of employment must be first brought to my attention and then negotiated as to the impact to the members.

I have been informed that many of you have had shortages in your paychecks due to these changes. That being said, I have set up an email account that you can send me your issues and shortages. Please be specific and attach any documentation.

Please send your payroll issues to

NOTE you should resolve these issues with your LFM and FM. The purpose of this email is to provide me the documentation I need to prove the impact to our membership.



Bill Iacullo, Presient

Dear Members,

Tonight the CPS announced an unprecedented and  unfair cut to our pay by instituting 3 furlough days. This was not discussed  and is not being taken lightly by the Local. While i realize there has been much talk about money shortages, there are other ways to save money,  but CPS would rather take unprecedented actions and make their employees pay for their fiscal miss management.

Be assured I am exploring all legal avenues to stop this unjust cut in pay. Further I will also meet with the other CPS unions to work on  a collaborative effort against this unacceptable action.

I know all of you have been pushed to the limit and have been threatened about quotas. I am sending notice that quotas are mandatory subjects of bargaining and cannot be arbitrarily imposed nor can you be disciplined for them.

I will update when I have further information.


Bill Iacullo President

Dear Engineers,

A form was distributed, asking for your signature. I have sent this to our attorney for advice and will update this message when I have a legal opinion.

Bill Iacullo, President

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Due to a conflict in schedules, the February Membership meeting will be held on Thursday February 4, 2016 at 7 pm at Dunbar HS. Please note this change from the second Thursday of the month is only for February 2016.


Bill Iacullo, President