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Mayor Emanuel today outlined a series of work rule agreements made between city departments and labor unions that will result in savings of nearly $40 million by 2016.
“From the moment I took office, I challenged our workers to find new ways to compete and provide services at a more efficient, cost-effective rate,” said Mayor Emanuel. “They have answered that call and are working with our city departments to save taxpayer money and find new efficiencies. We will continue to look for new efficiencies throughout the city.
The major deal is the recently announced creation of a new position with Laborers 1001, which allows the Department of Streets and Sanitation additional flexibility and a lower rate of pay for incoming employees. This deal will save $30 million by 2016.
Additionally, a work rule change adopted by the Plumbers and Bricklayers will not have immediate financial savings but will allow the City more flexibility in retaining staff: each union will establish seasonal positions.
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