Retro Checks and April Meeting

Remember that this month’s Membership Meeting is not next Monday, the 16th. It has been moved to April 23. 5:00 p.m. at Local 1092.

Also, everyone working for the City should have received their retroactive pay check by now. If you have any questions about it, let us know. 2 FAQ’s so far:

Q. Why isn’t there Overtime on the check?
A. If you worked Overtime during your retroactive period, retro pay for Overtime should be on your check. Regular pay is called “Retro Pay Pen” on your check. Overtime pay is called “Retro Pay No Pen” on your check. Look for both amounts.

Q. What time period does the retro check cover?
A. If you are in a prevailing rate position (Apprentice, Construction Laborer, ECD, Subforeman, etc.), you were owed a raise on July 1, 2017 that you did not get. So your check covers the period from 7/1/17-2/1/18.
If you are in a non-prevailing rate position (District Clerk, Watchman, Safety Specialist, etc.) you were owed a raise on January 1, 2018 that you did not get. So your check covers the period from 1/1/18-2/1/18.


Two Job Postings 4/2/18

Chicago’s Department of Aviation will be posting a bid for 1 Stores Laborers tomorrow. The job is at O’Hare in the warehouse there. You must apply online at the City’s website. You MUST read and follow all instructions on the bid or it will be rejected by the City. If you would like assistance submitting your bid, please call us and set up a time to come in and meet with Phillis.  Good luck.

Also- Today, Cook County put up a posting for 1 Laborer in the Facilities Department. You can find that posting here. As with City postings, remember to follow all instructions and call us with questions.

Bid for 2FM

Dear Members,

Chicago’s Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) will be posting a bid for 3 Laborers tomorrow. You must apply online at the City’s website. You MUST read and follow all instructions on the bid or it will be rejected by the City. If you would like assistance submitting your bid, please call us and set up a time to come in and meet with Phillis.  Good luck.

Additionally, we have JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul yard signs at the hall. Please stop by and pick one (or more) up.

In Solidarity,


Worker Rights Rally this Saturday!

February 21, 2018-

The time is NOW! The future of your job, your Union and the Middle Class is at stake. This coming Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that may significantly harm the future of your union rights. Now more than ever we must stand together.

This Saturday, February 24, please join us for a Working People’s Day of Action. Noon at Daley Plaza downtown.

Parking is available behind Local 1001, and free transportation will be provided to and from Local 1001.  Local 1001 is located at:

323 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL

See more details here. Come out and stand up for your rights! And stop by the hall this week if you don’t have any LiUNA gear and you need an orange t-shirt.

Volunteers For This Weekend

Dear Members,

Thanks to all of you who responded to the text message we sent this week about volunteering this weekend.  We need even more people- if you didn’t respond to the text please call the hall and let us know you’ll come out for a couple hours either Saturday or Sunday.  There are 5 locations all across the city, and more in nearby suburbs.  We’ll get you the location closest to your house.  I’ll be at the Diversey location Saturday morning.

We need to get out there and help the Pritzker/Stratton campaign.  No other team will work to protect our jobs, wages, and pensions like they will. Our strength as a union comes from our ability to unite to effect change for the better- a great opportunity to do that is this weekend.

In Solidarity,


JB Pritzker for Governor

JB Pritzker’s campaign is having two weekends of action, January 27th & 28th and February 17th and 18th.  They need volunteers at all their campaign offices.  Getting Pritzker elected is key to holding on to our rights and benefits as Laborers, and key to making sure the infrastructure work that is the basis of our livelihood continues in the future.  Please do all you can to get out and help the campaign on at least one of these dates.  You can choose any date, any location, and any shift.  Please call the hall and let us know which one you’ll be at.

Saturday January 27: Shift 1 starts 10:00AM
Shift 2 starts at 1:00PM

Sunday January 28: Only shift starts at 1:00PM

Saturday February 17: Shift 1 starts at 10:00AM
Shift 2 starts at 1:00PM

Sunday February 18: Only shift starts at 1:00PM

Office Locations:
11641 S. Halsted
1051 W. Belmont
4418 W. Diversey
5401 S. Wentworth

We need to get out there and help him get elected.

New City Contract

After ten months of negotiations, during which the City attempted to take away the prevailing wage, make double time pay for OT a virtual impossibility, and make other changes that would diminish our livelihood and that of our families, we have finally come to an agreement on a new, 5-year collective bargaining agreement.  1092’s Executive Board has recommended the contract to the Laborers’ District Council for ratification, and the Chicago City Council is expected to ratify it next week.  We discussed all of the main changes at our membership meeting this past Monday, and below is a summary of those changes.

This contract doesn’t happen without the bargaining power that comes with a strong union; it is the result of all of our members standing united as one against powerful people and groups that want to see us with no pension, low pay, and prohibitively expensive health care. When we stand together, we will always be able to fight them off and defend our standard of living, our careers, and our work.

LiUNA Local 1092 Contract Highlights



  • 5 years, from 7/1/17-6/30/22

Prevailing Rate:

  • The City will continue to pay the Prevailing Rate as of July 1 each year, including a retroactive check going back to July 1, 2017 for members making the Prevailing Rate.

Non-Prevailing Rate

  • 1/1/18 = 2%
  • 1/1/19 = 2.25%
  • 1/1/20 = 2%
  • 1/1/21 = 2.25%
  • 1/1/22 = 2%
  • Retro Check going back to 1/1/18

Deferred Comp Plan (457b)

The City will match up to

  • 2020 = $250
  • 2021 = $250
  • 2022 = $500

Boot Reimbursement

  • $100 per year for those required to wear safety shoes

Health Care Employee Contribution Increases

  • 7/1/18 = .5%
  • 1/1/19 = .5%
  • 1/1/20 = .5%

Health Care Savings Required

  • City’s LMCC must come up with $3 million in savings for the health care plan by 2020 or implement additional plan changes that will save $3 million.
  • $3 million is the total savings between all the COUPE unions (which includes all trades, Teamsters, SEIU, and others)


Health Care Premium Cap (currently people don’t make health care contributions on salary in excess of $90K)

  • 2019 = 100K 2020 = 115k  2021 = 130k
    • Does not include OT

Prescription Drug Deductible

  • 2019 = $35 deductible (per household)
  • 2020 = $35 deductible (per household)
  • 2021 = $75 deductible (per household)
  • 2022 = $75 deductible (per household)

Paid Parental Leave

  • 4 weeks for birth mother for non-surgical delivery
  • 6 weeks for birth mother for C-section delivery
  • 2 weeks for spouse or domestic partner of a birth mother
  • 2 weeks for the adoption of a child

Promotional Bid Lockout

  • Shortened to 6 months (currently 12 months) from last successful bid

-Caulker title

  • City will begin hiring current City employees into the Caulker title

Promotion out of the bargaining unit return extended to 60 months

  • Includes Caulker position
  • Return to Laborers bargaining unit only allowed in cases of layoff or termination without cause

Foreman of Construction Laborers

  • Comp time over 160 hours will be paid out beginning June 1
  • Foremen of Construction Laborers in DWM will have option to go on Rotational Overtime List

Single Vacation Days

  • Can now use 6 of your days as sick (VVS) days (currently 5)
  • Can now use 6 of your days as single (VVF) days (currently 5)

Vacation Carryover

  • Employees with 10 or more years of service can carry over up to 5 days (currently 3) that must be used by June 30 (currently April 30)

FMCS Pilot for Discipline Hearings in DSS/DWM

  • A pilot program will start wherein a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will recommend discipline in an attempt to get it right the first time and lessen the need for appeals


  • Foreman of Construction Laborers to be hired at Midway
  • 3 Chief Storekeepers to be hired at O’Hare (Same pay as Foreman of Construction Laborers)
  • O’Hare warehouse schedule to move to 8 hours of work with 30-minute unpaid lunch

Career Service

  • Apprentices in DWM will remain seasonal. But once they’ve completed their apprenticeship, they will become Probationary Career Service for one year, and after that year they will become Career Service.

Member Benefit Info

Below are the contact numbers for the various benefits that become effective January 1. Our office will be open this Saturday morning from 9-12 for anyone that needs to come sign the agreement for benefits.  And we will be out at jobsites in the new year to sign people up as well.

Life Insurance- call the hall; 773-247-1092
Roadside Assistance-  877-334-9227
Legal Benefit- 800-706-5752
Grief Counseling- 888-319-7819
ID Theft- 800-706-5750

When calling any of the numbers, give them your name and tell them you are a member of Local 1092.  They will have a list of all eligible members.

CDOT is Hiring Three Foremen

Pursuant to 1092’s agreement with CDOT, CDOT is hiring three (3) Foremen of Construction Laborers.  The bid went online today at the City’s website and will remain online for two weeks.  Please follow all instructions in the bid, and contact 1092 with any questions.  A copy of the bid is included below.


Job Number:





Department of Transportation

This position is covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the Water Pipe Engineering Laborers – Local 1092 (Bargaining Unit 53). Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.



Number of Positions: 3

This is a working Foreman position and they are a support to the other trades. Under general supervision, functions as a supervisor over one or more work crews, directing and supervising Construction Laborers and Laborer-Apprentices performing physically demanding labor at construction, maintenance, and repair project sites of public facilities or in the public way including streets and roadways, bridges and viaducts, and performs related duties as required.


·         Makes daily work assignments, ensures work crews are properly staffed and prioritizes work orders based on available manpower, daily work orders and planned work objectives
·         Prioritizes work order requests and makes required re-assignment to ensure management directives are carried out and operational needs are met
·         Monitors work in progress, enforcing operating work procedures and ensuring staff compliance with established work safety rules, practices and requirements
·         Responds to and resolves problems relating to personnel, equipment, performance issues and other factors or issues impacting of work crews productivity
·         Responds to operational demands during snow operations and clearing the overpass sidewalks through the city
·         Coordinates work efforts with other supervisory personnel, reviewing work objectives and implementing changes to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of work operations
·         Provides safety instruction to staff to minimize employee accidents and to promote a safe work environment; reviews incidents of accidents and injuries and prepares reports
·         Provides a vast knowledge of flagging procedures and ensures the staff is compliant
·         Approves time off requests; monitors performance and conducts performance evaluations; and initiates and enforces disciplinary actions
·         Confers with and notifies General Foreman of performance or operational problems
·         Prepares productivity reports, operational reports and related reports

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location:  3124 S. Sacramento
Shift:         7:00am – 3:30pm
Days:         Monday – Friday



Three years of work experience as a general laborer on a construction work site.

A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required.

Education & Employment Verification: Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it related to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diplomas must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must also provide your valid U.S. driver’s license at time of processing.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Selection Requirements:

This position requires applicants to successfully pass a written job knowledge exam and complete an interview. Test results will be sent out by the Department of Human Resources after test results have been compiled and analyzed. Applicants who receive a passing score on the test will be selected to interview. The interviewed candidate(s) receiving a passing score on the test and possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview and written exercise, will be selected for hire.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer

City of Chicago                                                                    Department of Human Resources

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor                                                                  Soo Choi, Commissioner


Job Posting

: Oct 30, 2017, 12:01:00 AM |

Unposting Date

: Nov 14, 2017, 12:59:00 AM

BU: 53

Salary: $41.30/Hourly |

Pay Basis