WBEZ | contract http://www.wbez.org/tags/contract Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Despite gift-giving, CPS renews vendor contracts http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-gift-giving-cps-renews-vendor-contracts-99417 <p><p>Despite giving prohibited gifts to a Chicago Public Schools official, the district has renewed the contracts of its two largest food vendors.</p><p>The district announced Monday it is renewing the contracts of Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality and Preferred Meal Systems.</p><p>Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus says there wasn&#39;t enough time to solicit competitive bids to supply meals to the district.</p><p>District officials say the one-year contract for Chartwells should not exceed $68 million and for Preferred should not be more than $34 million. They say the final amounts haven&#39;t been determined.</p><p>In a March report, Inspector General James Sullivan accused the director of nutrition support services Louise Esaian, and two members of her staff, of accepting improper gifts, including Green Bay Packers tickets, from both vendors. Esaian resigned ahead of a disciplinary hearing.</p></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-gift-giving-cps-renews-vendor-contracts-99417 New Ford-UAW contract moves closer to approval http://www.wbez.org/story/new-ford-uaw-contract-moves-closer-approval-93221 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/AP Photo Gary Malerba Ford.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tuesday is a big day for union members at Ford auto plants across the Midwest. Voting is scheduled to close on a new a new four-year contract that could mean more than 1,000 jobs for Chicago and the region.</p><p>Earlier this month, Ford and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement. Under it, Ford workers won't get annual raises, but will get profit-sharing checks and a $6,000 dollar signing bonus.</p><p>Workers at Chicago area two Ford plants voted overwhelmingly against the new contracts. Among their gripes: it doesn't pay a cost of living increase and doesn't pay part-time workers a fair wage.</p><p>But Chicago's workers appear to be outliers. Most plant workers around the Midwest have given the contract their blessing.</p><p>As of Monday night, the UAW reported the vote stood at 63 percent in favor. Remaining workers scheduled to vote today.<br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-ford-uaw-contract-moves-closer-approval-93221 Joffrey dancers reach contract agreement http://www.wbez.org/story/joffrey-dancers-reach-contract-agreement-89226 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/230548_10150182198861935_21202486934_7102557_1751437_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dancers at Chicago's Joffrey Ballet could soon be back on the dance floor. Earlier this month, Joffrey management locked out its dancers until they agreed on a new contract.</p><p>"After some schoojing, I suppose is the best word, some minor modifications, we were able to reach an agreement," said James Odom, the American Guild of Musical Artists.</p><p>Odom said under the agreement, dancers will be working longer hours and the Joffrey season shouldn't be affected by the labor dispute. The union is scheduled to vote on the agreement later this month.</p><p>Meantime, a spokesperson with the Joffrey Ballet said the two sides reached a five-year agreement and the dancers will receive a 10 percent compensation increase over that time. Christopher Clinton Conway said he's pleased with the agreement and eager to start the season later this year.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/joffrey-dancers-reach-contract-agreement-89226 Illinois Legislature OKs coal-to-gas measure http://www.wbez.org/story/coal-gas-plant/illinois-legislature-oks-coal-gas-measure <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//coal plant_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois lawmakers have signed off on a measure involving plans to build a southern Illinois plant that would convert coal into synthetic natural gas.</p><p>The Illinois Senate, by a 31-21 vote early Wednesday, passed the measure to build the coal-gasification plant near Waltonville in Jefferson County.</p><p>The measure pushes state gas utilities to sign 10-year contracts to sell gas the plant would produce, making it easier for Power Holdings of Illinois LLC to get funding for the project.</p><p>Backers of the project say it would create 1,500 construction jobs and 700 permanent positions, although the gas produced may be more expensive for customers. Critics also worry the plant's emissions would harm the environment.</p><p>The Senate rejected a measure to establish a similar plant in central Illinois' Christian County.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/coal-gas-plant/illinois-legislature-oks-coal-gas-measure