Phleger Phinancial Phollies
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- A roadblock for several hundred people involved with the city’s summer jobs program “One Summer Chicago.”
Workers, most of them between the ages of 14 and 24 and employed in a mentorship program through St. Sabina Church, tell WGN that they have yet to receive their paycheck from August 29th and were not given an explanation as to why.
In a text message dated August 27th, provided to WGN, they were told by a supervisor: “I want to let all of you know that none of us will be getting paid on Friday. I really wish I had better news, but truth be told, I don’t know when we will be paid. I totally understand the problems that this presents for most of you, but right now I don’t have any answers. As soon as I get more information, I’ll let you know.”
After several phone calls by WGN, they got some answers. A city department spokesman says the employer, in this case St. Sabina, is responsible for paying workers up-front and then submitting paperwork to their city for reimbursement.
When we called St. Sabina, we were told it came down to cash-flow issues. “Because there were three pay periods in the month of August we didn’t have the liquidity in our accounts,” said Lisa Ramsey, Director of St. Sabina’s Employment Resource Center.
Ramsey told WGN by phone that it is waiting on about $200,000 in city funds in order to issue paychecks to those workers.
“We would love to take care of it this week,” Ramsey told us. “Everyone will be made whole.”
The summer workers expressed frustration, saying that they’ve had to ask creditors and landlords for extensions on what was due September 1st. They also wondered why the situation wasn’t better communicated.
The city says 22,000 young people were employed this year through “One Summer Chicago” and that it will investigate what caused the paycheck delay in this situation.