The Park District reached an agreement Wednesday with the Chicago Park District Coalition, a collective of 22 individual unions representing the organization`s professionals, according to a press release. The five-year contract involves an annual increase in wages, but also an increase in health care contributions. “After more than 12 hours of negotiations, the district and the union agreed late Tuesday night on an agreement providing wage increases for workers of hours and months, health problems and a basis for reforming the district`s troubled pension fund,” the district said. CHICAGO – Today, Mayors E Lightfoot and Chicago Park District, Superintendent General and CEO Michael Kelly announced that the District has reached an agreement with SEIU Local 73 to avoid a 2,400-employee work stoppage. After more than 12 hours of negotiations, the district and the union agreed late Tuesday night on an agreement providing wage increases for workers of hours and months, health problems and a basis for reforming the district`s troubled pension fund. The park district said its facilities will be open regularly on Thursdays and drop-in activities will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays “to help families during the CPS work stoppage.” Howard said the agreement had brought “significant increases and benefits,” particularly for part-time workers. He added that the agreement “makes considerable progress in ensuring that all parking spaces are jobs where workers can earn family maintenance wages.” But negotiations with SEIU Local 73, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Park District`s workforce – including program instructors, park wardens, park officials and recreation managers – are continuing, the press release said. CHICAGO – Chicago Park District staff reached a contract agreement Wednesday. Asked what changed last week, after park workers showed up on the way to the strike, Park District Supt said. Michael Kelly said, “It`s going to end up getting college and wanting to make a deal.” Chicago Park District employees have reached a preliminary contract agreement to avoid a strike, since the Chicago Teachers` Union will end Thursday. “We are pleased to have agreements with SEIU Local 73,” said Michael Kelly, Superintendent General and CEO of the District of Chicago Park.
“I would like to personally thank the union leadership for its efforts to find a solution that puts Chicago`s children first, meets the needs of our workforce, protects taxpayers and takes reform action for the District`s retirement.” The terms of the agreement with the SEIU include wage increases of between 10% and 28% during the four-and-a-half-year contract. For the first time, the borough will offer one-hour hourly rest periods based on the number of hours worked. In addition, the 73 members of SEIU Local agreed to pay an additional 1.5% for their health expenses over the next three years. Starting in 2023, these increases will allow employees to collectively be responsible for 15% of the District of Chicago`s health costs, which will be expressed as a percentage of salary. The other 24 unions in the District of Chicago also approved increases in health premiums. “We are pleased to have reached agreements with 24 of our 25 unions,” Michael Kelly, superintendent general and general manager of the Chicago Park District, said in a press release. “I would like to personally thank the union leadership for their efforts to secure a resolution that benefits its members, the county and the city`s taxpayers.” SEIU 73 represents more than 2,500 landscape workers in the district, special recreation workers, animators, trainers, recreation facilitators, animators and other workers from more than 250 parks.