Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday that the city has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with two labor unions that represent a collective 2,500 workers. The city worked out a deal with SEIU Local 73*, which represents a number of different city employees including Animal Care and Control Development Officers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21, which represents emergency call operators.
SEIU Local 73 tangled with Emanuel last year when the mayor laid off traffic control aides. But the Chicago Tribune reports that the local thinks they bargained for the best deal possible and that more than 80 percent of members voted to ratify the contract.
These collective bargaining agreements come as the city faces a major labor impasse with the Chicago Teachers Union and must also agree to new contracts with police and firefighters.
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