Friday, November 28, 2008

Forced Furlough Day #1

Today is the first of the forced furlough days being pushed upon non-emergency workers. Streets and San would appear to be the ones taking the brunt of the "layoffs" to save jobs and money.

One question though. We had our trash picked up Wednesday. We assume it was early because Thursday was the holiday and Friday was going to be a forced day off. All fine and dandy that the trash got removed - we're fine with once a week.

The trouble is, the truck was in the alley at 0630. Then it was covering the next block over around noon. Then we caught them in the next hood over at 1700. When we drove by the Ward yard, the trucks were still coming in after 1900 hours.

So if there is an actual forced furlough day that is supposed to be saving money, isn't it odd that the Ward yard was humming with activity well after 1800 hours the day prior? The overtime racked up prior to a holiday and "furlough" day must have been quite a total. Perhaps more than working an actual day might have totaled?

Why do we get the feeling there's more going on here than meets the eye?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why do we get the feeling there's more going on here than meets the eye?"



Because there usually is more going on than meets the eye?


Keep in mind, they never rest, 'they' being the ones who are always hustling, always hungry for more, always anxious to suckle at the taxpayer financed tit.


It's like they substitute payola for sleep, nourishment, and aspiration.

11/28/2008 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh well so my trash gets picked up every two weeks thats why I have 2 totes why do we give a fuck??? whatever and if they come at us with this bullshit hit the medical.IOD do NOT be afraid to slam back people Im OK with forced furloughs as long as it isnt me

11/28/2008 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some garbage pick up will go on as normal Friday (mostly Downtown due to the parade). Those S&S workers will take their furlough day later on in the year.

The trucks coming out after 7 P.M. are a shuttle crew going to dump them.

On a week with a Holiday,S&S works four 10 hour days all at straight pay.

11/28/2008 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 18hrs ot for election day.

11/28/2008 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for them. screw this city.

11/28/2008 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen to you guys, beefing on the garbage crews. There must be a laptop with a wireless connection at the 7/11 where you must conduct their roll calls, because thats where you are most of the time, trying to decide if they should wear a mask or not on the 1st and the 16th when you get paid.

11/28/2008 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, these garbage men are just lazy. You've seen them on the news. Alas most city workers are lazy. They all get high rates of pay. How about putting bids out there for privatizing the service? Hell, we could probably get rent-a-cops for about $17 an hour. To save more money cut half the aldermen, privatize all city service. Cut the jobs that do the same as the county. Do we really need 2 different water district groups? Cut the city's and have the county do it countywide.

11/28/2008 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They picked up the garbage in my neighborhood on Friday at the regular time.

11/28/2008 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the cancelling of the tree lighting cermony no pay for the workers. But they all made OT last weekend during the Lights Parade on Mich. Ave. Duh!!!! I would rather work that sat for OT and have a 5 day weekend the following week.

11/28/2008 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they re gonna try again to stick us with this bullshit too.just like with the medical...once the foot is in the door the party will be over.and these jagoffs will blame us for the layoffs

11/28/2008 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The upaid furloughs hurts those other city workers who make less than the average copper. We don't have the best job, but we are lucky in many ways.

11/28/2008 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because the clout heavy departments and workers get as much OT as they want anyway, so they get to make up the lost day of pay... unlike all the non-clout people who never get overtime and can't get compensated.

Merry Christmas everyone! Some of you get a nice Christmas check, while others are put behind. Thanks Daley for setting the nepotism bar so high.

11/28/2008 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some one has nothing more to do than watch grabage trucks. I am very impressed with the work that garbage men do picking up ALL garbage on the street. Just imagine if garbage crews enforced rules that only garbage in bins are to be picked up? Please get a life and be graetful you were not laid off. Many civilian employees at CPD were laid off today. In conclusion, STFU!!!

11/28/2008 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw Streets and Sans especialy the tow yard guys.. They won't be missed.

11/28/2008 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on a block with a T-Alley. My normal garbage day is on Mondays. Has been for 20 years. Now since the scandle and shake up with the garbage people slacking things are a little weird on the block. The garbage men come and pick up garbage only in the T section of the block but not the rest of the block. Then they return the next day on Tuesday to finish the same block. Sounds like they did some major shuffling of schedules to justify their existance. hmmm! has this happended to anybody else?

11/28/2008 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our unit took up a collection for the civilian who had to take today off without pay. We know how much she does and she is valued. Well, she's valued by US, not by her employer.

How sick, that our 'mayor' will cut someone off at their financial knees in order to finance HIS grievous financial mismanagement.

11/28/2008 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a week with a Holiday,S&S works four 10 hour days all at straight pay.

11/28/2008 12:49:00 AM


oh yeah? AND??? boo fucking hoo these 5th grade educated losers should be happy they even have A job, let alone this job that over pays!!! 80 grand + a year to pick up garbage no wonder this country is in financilal turmoil!

11/28/2008 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forced days off, no contract, mass layoffs! Then borrow 80 million dollars to turn the old hospital into an olympic village. Great job Daley fuck over numerous people so you can host the Olympic. You even go on television speaking like you asked the residents if we wanted the Olympics. Thank God for senority, if we get the Olympics I'll be on furlough. Fuck the Olympics, Fuck Daley and ALL OF HIM MINIONS!

11/28/2008 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldermen take a 6.5% raise and the unions sell their members out...again. If I were them, I'd get a new union.

11/28/2008 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Norwood Park, I have been told my pick up is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Depending on how full the trucks are. They have picked up on Wednesday then skipped the next week leaving my garbage for almost two weeks. This is without a forced furlo. I got tired of trying to call the ward office before 1500, now I just call 311.

11/28/2008 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"oh yeah? AND??? boo fucking hoo these 5th grade educated losers should be happy they even have A job, let alone this job that over pays!!! 80 grand + a year to pick up garbage no wonder this country is in financilal turmoil!

11/28/2008 02:51:00 PM"


Sounds like someone is mad because he doesn't have the qualifications for this job.

I'll gladly pay you 5 bucks an hour to pick up my dog's shit.

Interested?

11/28/2008 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Man, these garbage men are just lazy. You've seen them on the news. Alas most city workers are lazy. They all get high rates of pay. How about putting bids out there for privatizing the service? Hell, we could probably get rent-a-cops for about $17 an hour. To save more money cut half the aldermen, privatize all city service. Cut the jobs that do the same as the county. Do we really need 2 different water district groups? Cut the city's and have the county do it countywide.

11/28/2008 09:12:00 AM"


And I suppose you're also a registered voter.

That explains a lot.

11/28/2008 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the clown who posted and 12:49 am. Why would you make an arrogant statement as that. If you were such a genius you wouldn't be a cop. Hate to hurt your feelings my friend but none of us are rocket scientist. If we were we would not be police officers. Do not criticize about something you do not know about. If your so great why don't you go out and empty the cans and don't give me the bs that you have a college degree. You know as well as I do that college is over rated and just a cash cow for the wealthy share holders and arrogant liberal professors. Also, before you go off insulting me I have a masters degree from Depaul University. So, I do not want to hear you whiny bs about how dumb you think I am. Every one needs a job no matter how much education you have. People with attitudes like yours is part of the reason why the general public do not like the police. Get over your self and show a little human empathy.

11/28/2008 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Balancing Act Batman!!!

Seems to me that this budget problem has been solved with some clever timekeeping before the holiday and after the holiday. Hell then they got a four day weekend. What the fuck! How do I get some of this action.

11/28/2008 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The transparency in other U.S. cities is not surprising to Adam Bellow, author of "In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History," and son of author Saul Bellow.

"Chicago is the last bastion of the old nepotistic system," he said in an interview. "In Chicago, the old system still prevails, and it reminds us of how things really work in this society, despite the veneer of meritocracy.

"Chicago is the only place in the country where nepotism is practiced openly, and without shame or embarrassment."

11/28/2008 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 18hrs ot for election day.

11/28/2008 07:39:00 AM
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11/28/2008 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone but me notices 20 yard dumpsters for leaves in their neighborhood?? I have 3 within about 2 blocks of my house. They used to just dump the leaves out of the street sweeper onto the street; usually on the back side of a park, then use a bobcat and put them in a truck. Now, someone has a contract to supply dumpsters for the leaves.

I thought the midget had no money.

11/28/2008 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are you idiots starting up AGAIN about St & Sans? they pick up everything YOU put out don't they? they lose time and make up for it. what's wrong with that. if we get messed with, don't we hit the medical just to get even with the city? bitch about something decent because to many of us don't live in glass houses!!!

11/28/2008 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No overtime for streets and sanitation until they put in 40 hours.

11/28/2008 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:11pm, if you have a Masters from DePaul, I want my money back. I agree with you, but check for spelling before you type. Someone with a Masters from DePaul would have.

By the way, I do not want to be a garbage man. They do make good money, but the job sucks. That's why the money is good. All that bullshit about the 2 hours of no productivity on the news....They have to drip off the garbage - not in the city---wait---unload---and then drive back. Then the driver gets a lunch. Keep bitching. Streets and San could make rotating labor crews, but that would fuck with everything and someone with some sort of time management skills would have to evaluate the entire system and deal with the union issues.
It should be that as soon as the drivers get a full load, another driver takes the work labor crew for another pick-up. It doesn't happen and logistically is difficult. It can be done, but won't be.

Just a different perspective.

11/29/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK streets and san

11/29/2008 03:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No complaints about the streets and san guys that pick up the garbage in Garfield Ridge. you could discard an old fuckin Buick if you wanted to and they would take it.

11/29/2008 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone but me notices 20 yard dumpsters for leaves in their neighborhood?? I have 3 within about 2 blocks of my house. They used to just dump the leaves out of the street sweeper onto the street; usually on the back side of a park, then use a bobcat and put them in a truck. Now, someone has a contract to supply dumpsters for the leaves.

I thought the midget had no money.

11/28/2008 09:44:00 PM

Have dumpsters in my neighborhood (Portage Park) currently. In the past, have seen city dumptrucks sitting parked on street sweeping day waiting for the street sweeper to offload what it swept up.

11/29/2008 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
To the clown who posted and 12:49 am. Why would you make an arrogant statement as that. If you were such a genius you wouldn't be a cop. Hate to hurt your feelings my friend but none of us are rocket scientist. If we were we would not be police officers. Do not criticize about something you do not know about. If your so great why don't you go out and empty the cans and don't give me the bs that you have a college degree. You know as well as I do that college is over rated and just a cash cow for the wealthy share holders and arrogant liberal professors. Also, before you go off insulting me I have a masters degree from Depaul University. So, I do not want to hear you whiny bs about how dumb you think I am. Every one needs a job no matter how much education you have. People with attitudes like yours is part of the reason why the general public do not like the police. Get over your self and show a little human empathy.

11/28/2008 07:11:00 PM

God, please tell me that degree is not in English!

11/29/2008 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Ink Bomb said...

You know as well as I do that college is over rated and just a cash cow for the wealthy share holders and arrogant liberal professors. Also, before you go off insulting me I have a masters degree from Depaul University. So, I do not want to hear you whiny bs about how dumb you think I am.

11/28/2008 07:11:00 PM

I'm going to go ahead and whine about how dumb you are anyway. You first state that college is overrated (correct spelling, by the way) then you follow up by pointing out that you hold a degree from DePaul (correct word form, by the way) University. Are you promoting the fact that you consider yourself overrated?

11/29/2008 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11/28 - 7:11 - If you are a "Grad" student from DePaul, I feel ashamed for the next generation(s), use spell-check, or go home when they announce last call, you may find gainful employment which will set you in the right direction...

11/29/2008 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"11/29/2008 03:05:00 PM"


De Paul isn't known for it's stellar classes in 'illogic' for nothing.

11/30/2008 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave the garbage men alone. At least they pick up stinky trash. How about the "plumbers" who have never plumbed, don't know how to plumb and sit on their asses at City Hall all Day trying to sober up so they can all drive home to the suburbs.

11/30/2008 04:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plumbers half the cells in 25 are down due to the fact that the toilets are screwed up.

11/30/2008 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/28/2008 07:11:00 PM

I'm going to go ahead and whine about how dumb you are anyway. You first state that college is overrated (correct spelling, by the way) then you follow up by pointing out that you hold a degree from DePaul (correct word form, by the way) University. Are you promoting the fact that you consider yourself overrated?

You must be kidding me about the spelling and the other stupid childish comments that people make on this blog. The setting does not require me to use spell check. This is a blog to get a point across not to be rated the best speller.

I commented on the thrashing of the garbage men. I think they do a great job. Why should we trash them on this blog considering we are all part of the city. The 5th floor shits on all of us not just the CPD. It is very annoying when all you small minded people can criticize about is if I spelled a word correctly.

Also, no I dont think I am overrated. I am just a man attempting to make an honest living.

The only reason I stated I have a degree was so I wouldn't hear the creeps begin to criticize and put down certain univerisities.

So go and tell me how dumb I am because I made some spelling errors on a cry baby blogspot.

11/30/2008 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Merriam Webster said...

11/28/2008 07:11:00 PM

This is a blog to get a point across not to be rated the best speller.
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11/30/2008 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The profits from the sale of the Skyway are gone. Pissed away on bad investments in oil stocks.

12/01/2008 12:57:00 AM  

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