June 4, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached and SEIU Local 73 leadership will positively recommend the three-year contract, including job security, to its membership for ratification on June 9. SEIU Local 73 is the second largest union in CPS, representing 5,500 custodians, child welfare attendants (CWA), watchmen, special education classroom assistants, children and family benefit liaisons, school bus aides, parent workers, security officers, security aides and security supervisors working in CPS. Last month CPS reached a five-year contract agreement with UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents 3,200 lunchroom workers.
“We’re grateful to the SEIU Local 73 labor team and their 5,500 members for their commitment to this process and reaching an agreement that will serve their members, our students, and Chicago’s taxpayers,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “This agreement ultimately puts our kids first and reassures families that SEIU Local 73 members will be ready to serve their school communities at the start of next school year.”
If ratified, the agreement with SEIU Local 73 will represent the second major union agreement reached with CPS over the past month. CPS and UNITE HERE Local 1 announced an agreement on May 3 that included first time ever short term disability and maternity leave for members, as well as a five year moratorium on the conversion of cooking kitchens to warming kitchens.
“Our members’ top concerns going into negotiations were to ensure that the Chicago Public School system provided Chicago’s children and young adults with a top notch public educational environment and job security,” said SEIU Local 73 President Christine Boardman. “Our committee feels they have substantially achieved these goals in a new three-year contract and that is why they are recommending this contract to our membership.”
To learn more about this agreement and the collective bargaining process the public can visit the new CPS collective bargaining website.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.