October 21, 2020

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement In Response to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Budget Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis

jlewis@chicagolabor.org

312-222-1000


Chicago Federation of Labor Statement In Response to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Budget Address

 

CHICAGO – Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter released the following statement in response to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget address:

 

“There is no question Chicago’s public workers are heroes. From 911 operators to health care professionals to critical infrastructure workers, Chicago’s public service workers have been on the job since the start of this pandemic—sacrificing their own health and safety to deliver the vital services countless Chicagoans rely on. Many of these workers have contracted COVID-19 and, sadly, some have passed away.

 

“These are unprecedented times, and Chicago’s reliance on public services is as important as ever. This crisis should serve as a call to protect and strengthen critical public services as we examine the budgetary impact of COVID-19.

 

“Chicago’s unions are actively working on identifying cost savings and efficiencies we believe would at least equal the budgetary impact of workforce cuts, obviating the need for furloughs, layoffs, or vacancy reductions. We look forward to collaborating on those ideas with the Mayor and City Council as the budget process moves forward.”

 

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The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO representing nearly 300 unions and labor organizations comprised of half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.

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