Ok, so Tom Dart gave in and will hire more than the 15 Janitors back the Cook County Board wanted. Does this mean Tom and Todd will be having a cocktail together some time soon? Maybe they can get a pass to one of the Chicago Park district's golf courses and discuss things over a game?
Cook County to rehire janitors
April 16, 2007
Staff writer Jonathan Lipman
About 40 Cook County janitors laid off in past weeks because of budget cuts will be rehired.
Board President Todd Stroger and Sheriff Tom Dart announced the plan at a news conference this afternoon. Dart’s office employs the janitors responsible for cleaning county buildings.
As part of cuts passed in February to close a $502 million budget deficit, the county laid of 61 janitors and left 18 open positions unfilled.
Dart, who had strongly objected to the cuts, immediately pulled all janitors from the county headquarters building on Clark Street, where Stroger and the commissioners work. Dart called the move necessary with his reduced staff, but critics labeled it political payback.
Stroger hired a cleaning service on an emergency contract, but the county board later refused to ratify the deal, forcing Stroger into negotiations with Dart.
Dart had agreed to handle some but not all of the cleaning in the county building, leading to a compromise last week that had commissioners and senior administrators hauling their own trash into the corridors.
Dart has pushed for the rehiring of janitors, and financial details are expected later today.
"The rehiring of these workers has been made possible by reallocating funds from a contract for cleaning services at the Juvenile Court Complex," the county said this morning in a statement.