Chicago 2016

Chicago 2016 Update: City, unions discuss long-term contract

2016 Update

With the Chicago 2016 bid on the table, city officials are sitting down to hammer out a long-term contract with 6,000 city workers in several unions, including city electricians and truck drivers, reports Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business.

The contract – which is rumored to last for 10 years – would be unprecedented, as three-year deals are the norm, but it’s an olive branch, as city officials would want to show labor peace before the host city is chosen in two years for the 2016 Olympics.

A point of contention, however, is that these workers would be given the same benefits, but could be paid much higher salaries. This would surely be unfair to all other skilled city workers not represented in these unions.

If the unions are happy, maybe the International Olympic Committee will be happy. Who knows?