Traffic Control Aides Win Better Uniform Policy


The Traffic Control Aides (TCA) Labor Management Committee, represented by stewards Sherri Reed and Juan Valles, recently won a big concession from management. TCA supervisors, full-timers and hourly workers were victorious in attaining a new policy on uniforms.

Sherri Reed

“The new uniform policy is a game-changer for us. Attaining new uniforms can be a hurdle for us for financial reasons, especially with inflation being so high. Having the City of Chicago provide them allows us to better plan for sudden price hikes on transportation, groceries, and more. We worked hard for this victory, and I’m proud of the effort my sisters and brothers put in.” says Sherri Reed, a Supervising Traffic Control Aide.

As part of the agreement, the City of Chicago will now purchase three shirts, three pants, and one of any other uniform item that needs to be replaced in accordance with the new uniform policy. This change will go into effect beginning January 1, 2023. Until then, TCAs may wear either the uniforms already in their possession or new ones.

The City has also agreed to purchase all pants, and will initially distribute two pairs of them. During this initial phase, they will not purchase and distribute a third pair of pants. The reason for this discrepancy is because of how budgeted money is made available quarterly. However, upon the new fiscal quarter, the City will order and distribute the third and final pair of pants to each employee.