Chicago Schools’ 2nd-largest Union Ratifies New Contract

Friday, June 15, 2012

Chicago Public School officials and the system’s second largest union announced Thursday they had reached a contract that will give 5,500 custodians and other workers two percent raises for each of the next three years and saves the jobs of thousands of them.

The contract also gives the board an escape hatch, allowing the district to cancel a raise in an upcoming year if it doesn’t have the money to pay for it.

The agreement with Service Employees International Union Local 73 announced Thursday was ratified by 60 percent of its members, union vice president Taalib-Din Ziyad said.

The union represents 5,500 custodians, child welfare attendants, watchmen, special education classroom assistants, security officers, school bus aides and other CPS employees.

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