Union Receives Notice of 15 Layoffs

The union received notice on 3/29/07 that 15 of its least senior members are being layed off. The layoffs are to be effective 4/29/07. Many had predicted the number of layoffs that would affect our members and the Local’s leadership chose not to enter into the realm of speculation because we never knew what the County was up to.

Now that we have notice and will be taking measures to ensure compliance with the collective bargaining agreement. Please remember that this year marks the first time in the Local’s history that any member is getting a layoff notice. And this is the first time that the County is giving layoff notices in as many years as people can remember. Many of the collective bargaining agreements for the varioius locals that represent county workers have different layoff language and the county is clearly having difficulty navigating the waters of the different agreements. Rest assured, we will take all measures necessary to ensure our contract is followed.

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5 Comments

  1. Eileen Pahl
    Posted March 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to express my sympathy for the 15 people who received the layoff notices and wish them the best of luck in finding another suitable job.

  2. Maria
    Posted March 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I have no words. This is very very sad.

  3. Chris Anderson
    Posted April 4, 2007 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    We need an emergency funding bill in Congress from a Congressional Representative to reimburse Cook County for the expenses of defending DUI cases because Federal Highway Funding legislation is tied to requirements (such as .08 BAC and equal enforcement of speeders as a basis for such stops) that must be legislated by Illinois to ensure highway funding. However, concomitant funding for defense of these cases has not been dispensed. These least senior attorneys slated for layoff are likely to be assigned to Traffic cases defending just these sorts of cases. Similarly, domestic violence court encounters sister state enforcement of orders of protection, etc, that are also Federal requirements. It is ridiculous that Illinois has not sought full reimbursement from Congress for such carrot stick legislation.

  4. Julie Hull
    Posted April 4, 2007 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I saw the postings for 9 grade 2 positions in Abuse and Neglect and 8 grade 2 positions in 1st Municiple. As some of you might know, the Legal Resources Division will be losing a supervisor on 4/15. It, therefore,appears to be a legitimate concern of the 10 grade 2 attorneys and the 7 least senior grade 3 attorneys that management intends to involuntarily transfer them to fill any of the positions posted but not filled via the bid process. For example, if non-layed off civil attorneys bid for the 1st Municipal slots and get them, but no one bids for the civil positions, will management involuntarily transfer Legal Resource attorneys to fill those slots and prevent them from bumping the less senior civil attorneys from 1st Municiple positions? Does the union support the right of those grade 2 attorneys, who do not participate in the bidding process but are involuntarily transferred, to bump less senior grade 2 attorneys at other locations through out the office?

    When the Appeals Division and Post-Conviction Unit were abolished, all of those bargaining unit attorneys were forbidden (with union consent) from bumping into other divisions. We were given the choice of bidding on the Legal Resources Division or being involuntarily transferred. I certainly hope for my colleagues that the union has not agreed to abrogate bumping rights for Legal Resource Attorneys as was done before. Some of these colleagues have felony trial experience and the seniority to bump into the felony trial division. Again, I hope the union does not ignore these colleagues rights.

  5. Ingrid Gill
    Posted April 6, 2007 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    As a former attorney from the felony trial division with 15 years seniority, I would prefer to go back to the felony trial division by bumping a less senior union member than being involuntarily transferred to the civil division. Respecting seniority and bumping rights by the executive board are essential to maintain a strong collective bargaining unit. This administration presented a budget to the county board that eliminated L1 and L2 Positions by not leaving a $1 for these full time positions. At the same time, the budget only eliminated 2 L4 and 2 L1 FTE positions in Legal Resources. I would argue that the administration should not be allowed to circumvent bumping rights by resorting to “operational necessity” to involuntarily transfer more senior Legal Resource Division attorneys into full time positions that were not budgeted for $1. In the future, the union should not sacrifice members seniority to make it easy for the administration to raid the Legal Resource Division every year there are layoffs.

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