Tentative Agreement Reached With CVR

After six months of very little movement, it appears we have come to a tentative agreement to bring to a vote for CVR, a subcontractor for Chicago Housing Authority members.

In deciding to bring this package to the members, we took into account that members had expressed much concern about the delay they would see in yearly increases and receiving retroactivity.

When negotiations began last year, Management came to the table laying blame on bargaining members for the company’s performance issues. They company wanted us to believe their finances were constrained by the performance standards they agreed to in the previous CHA contract.

They believed that as long as the contract performance standards were not achieved, they would not have any money for raises.

Along with having no money available, they also wanted us to agree to language which would penalize members for company performance even when the work was clearly not their responsibility!

They wanted to punish us for something we didn’t even do!

This language would have eliminated all accountability for management and supervisors and made members the scapegoat. After much negotiation, Management dropped this proposal.

CHA: Contract negotiations with the Chicago Housing Authority continue in 2012. We remain at odds with management on their pay for performance system.

HACC: Negotiations on a new contract for the Custodial/Maintenance at the Housing Authority of Cook County began in January. Negotiations for the Administrative bargaining unit will begin this Spring. Several months ago when negotiations began Management came to the table laying blame on bargaining unit workers for the company’s performance issues.  The company wanted us to believe their finances were constrained by the performance standards they agreed to in the CHA contract. Management’s position was that as long as the contract performance standards were not achieved they would not have any money for raises.

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