Chicago public employees picketed downtown Tuesday, calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to settle a new union contract with AFSCME Council 31
that includes decent wages that keep up with inflation.
A new contract
must also include "common sense" rules meant to prevent bad
privatization deals and protect public services and workers, according
to the dozens of public employees who protested near City Hall.
union’s previous contract with the city was set to expire July 1, 2012,
but it was temporarily extended. Workers have been at the bargaining
table with the city bartering over a new contract for more than a year and a
"Any company should want to pay their employees fair
wages but the transparency with the privatization, it's really a huge
issue, because what (the mayor) is basically trying to do is sell off
the city of Chicago," said Nicole Herron, who's worked in the city's
finance department for 18 years. "If he does that, we lose a huge part
of the middle class and lower-class people who make up a bulk of the
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