I am reporting to you that to date, CPS has not met with me to discuss the transition and they have not reached out for a meeting yet.
There is a lot of misinformation about the transition. As I said at the Union meeting, ANYTHING you hear is RUMOR. Unless you hear it from me do not believe it. You have a contract with CPS which includes seniority rights. These rights will be enforced as per our contract. Please be assured that an updated seniority list is being prepared. When I meet with CPS I will update as information is available.
I thank all of you for your patience during this difficult time and all the hard work you do on a daily basis.
The Nest regular membership meeting is
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2017 at 7pm at Dunbar HS
Local 143 143b. Joins the CTU in asking for the resignation of CEO Claypool
As previously notified:
Friday February 3, 2017 is a ZERO. You will not be paid for Friday as per the CEO. You are not required to work.
The day has been designated as an unpaid furlough day for ALL CPS Employee which means you will not be paid and are not to report to work.
Dear Sister and Brother Engineers
As you know by now the UNELECTED School Board members approved unanimously the half billion contract awards to the two favored IFM vendors regardless of the fact CPS is broke and employees are asked to loose pay in the way of furlough days to fund these type NON TRANSPARENT expenditures. The concerning part is that these UNELECTED members voted with NO cost study to prove savings as is required of every school district in Illinois except Chicago. Further, they admitted it was not to save money but to help principals more efficiently. They called it “Cost Neutral” which is a term used by political privatizers to falsely justify the higher cost of privatizations. This contract will cost CPS hundreds of millions of dollars more per year which should be spent on education and not rewarding campaign donating vendors. The fact is, principals DO NOT want this so called “Efficient program” as was so eloquently explained to the UNELECTED Board members at their meeting on January 25, 2017 by Troy LaRaviere, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Regardless of his plea, to return the engineers to the principal’s oversight as is clearly stated in the Illinois School Code, these UNELECTED, rubber stamp members voted to proceed with this haphazard plan.
This being said, it has been brought to my attention that last week at a meeting of all the FM and LFM types, the head of facility operations, Chris Williams said that I have all the information about this program. Let me set the record straight, that is not true and I can tell you have not even been approached about the transition by anyone in Operations. The only thing I have been told during this whole privatization scheme is that the vendors are being asked to hire us if we meet their qualifications. End of story of what I have been told. The same information you were given in the contract violating memo sent from Alfonso de Hoyas Acosta on Tuesday January 24, 2017, is the same information I recieved from that same memo at the same you all recieved it. Note, this memo was sent a day before the UNELECTED school board was to vote on the IFM signalling to me, that the vote was a done deal. All of the UNELECTED school board members would approve and they did.
To date, CPS has not met with me to discuss the transition. When they do, I will update you, the members. I urge you—PLEASE— do not reach out to anyone but me for information about the transition or your rights. Any information you get from anyone else is purely rumor, speculation or their own opinion and not factual. Once again, presently, I have not met with CPS about transition and have no further information but will update this web page as information becomes available. You may be approached and told that it is beneficial to stay at your school. If you did not hear it from me do not believe anything your are told. Please be assured your new contract is in force and your seniority rights will prevail.
On Tuesday Local 143 and Chicago Principals Association held a Press Conference to urge the un-elected school Board not to approve the costly Unnecessary Integrated Facility Management plan .
I attended today’s Chicago Board of Education meeting and spoke against the Integrated Facilities Management program. President of the Chicago’s Principal and Administrators Association Troy A. LaRaviere joined me and also spoke forcefully against IFM and on behalf of Local 143’s members.
As anticipated, at 3:30 PM the Board voted unanimously to approve the IFM program. Although not all schools were included today, CPS will be meeting with us and our attorneys shortly to discuss transition in the schools impacted. I can assure you our contract provisions with regard to seniority will be enforced in full.
In the interim, please do not listen to any rumors about how this will work. The only official word and updates will be announced ONLY from me. Any other advice or offers are NOT enforceable and have no union approval.
Please watch for further communication. We will be keeping you well informed throughout the transition process and will remain diligent in protecting Local 143’s membership.
I Remain Fraternally Yours,
To All Combined School Engineers,
If your combined square footage is more than 125,000 square feet please email the names of the schools, their square footage, your name and a cell phone number to:
THIS INFORMATION IS NEEDED ASAP Please
Bill Iacullo, President
CPS building engineers say privatization effort will be costly
Chicago Public Schools building engineers say a plan to put the rest of the district’s schools under private facilities management companies is going to cost the broke school system dearly.
And they’re surprised the district has already planned which schools will be managed by Aramark and SodexoMAGIC before the Board of Education has inked a deal with the two companies, whose past work has drawn complaints.
CPS won’t say how much the “integrated management services” might cost, nor would the district demonstrate they would save any money for the school system still begging state lawmakers for $215 million to balance its current operating budget.
“I know damn well they will not save any money,” said Bill Iacullo, president of the International Operating Engineers Local 143. “They’re wasting big-time money, and they know it.”
Chicago is the only school district in the state not required to publish a cost study before privatizing services, Iacullo said.
CPS wants the transition complete by the summer of 2018. Few details about the new plans have been publicized.
A vote to put the rest of CPS schools under Aramark and SodexoMAGIC for things like pest control, snow removal and some building repairs could come as soon as the school board meeting Wednesday. More than 80 schools are part of a pilot program.
CPS spokesman Michael Passman said the meeting agenda, scheduled to become public by 10 a.m. Monday, wasn’t finalized as of late Friday. He wouldn’t say anything about cost or savings, referring to a press release from April when CPS put out a request for proposals that described the conversion as “cost neutral.”
Passman touted a “single point of contact” for principals to manage their buildings.
Troy LaRaviere, head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, said school leaders do want that single point of contact; they just want control over school engineers back.
Of 269 principals who responded to an annual survey about facilities, 88 percent “agreed or strongly agreed” when asked, “Should CPS return engineers to the supervision of principals?” he said. Five percent disagreed.
“Why are we paying these companies several hundred million dollars to do what our engineers already do?” LaRaviere said. “This is not integrated facilities management. This is absentee facilities management. The people who are supposed to manage our engineers are not in our buildings.”
Carbon monoxide problems in schools last year — namely at Prussing Elementary, where children and teachers were hospitalized — happened after engineers were absent, he said. LaRaviere also questioned why companies that have cost more than projected and continue to draw complaints are being rewarded with more work.
CPS paid Aramark more than $7 million extra in its first year of cleaning schools because 3.2 million square feet, including 22 entire schools, weren’t included in original estimates.
CPS pays SodexoMAGIC, a partnership between Sodexo and NBA great and mayoral campaign contributor Magic Johnson, to oversee engineers as well as custodians in 63 schools. The initial $80 million, three-year contract for 33 schools was approved in 2014, at the same time as a $260 million Aramark deal to privatize custodial management.
Aramark’s cleaning results, which immediately angered school leaders, overshadowed those of SodexoMAGIC. The district has insisted that SodexoMAGIC’s pilot schools felt “very positive” about services.
Aramark also began overseeing 18 schools in the facilities management pilot program when it was expanded last May and added six more late in the summer, Passman said.
Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler said that “Aramark’s custodial contract with Chicago Public Schools continues to operate on budget and deliver the service and savings the company promised the school district and taxpayers. . . . As for our ability to provide additional IFM services beyond the pilot locations, we are confident.”
About 480 engineers working for CPS will be laid off, though the district says they can reapply for their jobs under a different union. It’s not clear how many will qualify or how much they will be paid.
Iacullo said when they go, some will be able to take a lump-sum retirement payout, which will pose an additional cost and further burden on the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund.
The CPS is broke on purpose and is about to give out a costly unnecessary contract as well as control of their aging facilities. Thus Privatizing functions we have provided for over 115 years. Please call you alderman and ask them to pressure the Board members not to approve this costly contract. Since the school board is not elected your Alderman is the only avenue that can be used to influence the Board members
Please read the following media release