Union resistance is being blamed for a huge round of layoffs being planned at City Hall.
More than 1,100 city employees -- none sworn police officers or firefighters -- will start receiving layoff notices later this week after organized labor refused Mayor Daley's demand for 17 days off without pay and comp time instead of cash overtime.
For weeks, Chicago Federation of Labor President Dennis Gannon has been holding out for a two-year, no-layoff guarantee that Daley insists he cannot give because of nosediving city revenues, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
In a meeting with Daley administration leaders last week, the union said the no-layoff guarantee was non-negotiable. The Mayor's Office responded with the announcement of lost jobs.