Daley Admin May Privatize Snow Plowing

The job's historically been reserved for the city's unionized truck drivers

By Steve Bryant
|  Friday, Sep 4, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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Daley Wants Bids for a Snow Job

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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First it was the parking meters.

Now, the Daley administration may privatize snow plows, says the Trib.

Daley aides called Aldermen Thursday to say the city would seek private contractors to remove snow -- a job that's historically been reserved for the city's unionized truck drivers.

Right now the idea's in its infancy, and Daley aides are trying to see what kind of numbers contractors will send back, the president of the Chicago Federation of Labor told the Trib.

Currently, union truck drivers earn overtime pay when snowfall blankets the city, but Daley has asked the unions to give up overtime payment and accept compensation time to cut costs. The teamsters declined that deal last year.

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