How Are City Workers Spending the 'Reduced Service Day'?
If you tried to call a city department Monday, you may have heard something like this:
MESSAGE: Monday, August 17th, the office will be closed as a result of the 2009 reduced service days...
That means no garbage collection, no checking out library books, no politicking at City Hall. So what are city employees doing?
WILLIAMS: I'm packing for an upcoming move.
That's Kristine Williams, who works for the City Clerk.
WILLIAMS: I've got the boxes all over and the bubble wrap and the newspaper and I'm packing it all up.
Williams says she likes having more packing time - but not for less pay. The city says it can save more than $8 million with the reduced service days. Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) is taking the term literally.
MITTS: I got a phone call from one of my constituents, I told 'em, I said "Not today. We'll talk about it tomorrow. I'm off today."
Chicago police and firefighters, however, are still answering the phones.