June 24, 2009 --
The Teamsters union has voted to reject a move by the city of Chicago to cut its members' pay by one-third by making them take furlough days and cutting their overtime.The Teamsters represents the city's largest labor union. As part of drastic budget cuts, the city wants union members to forgo overtime and take 16 days off without pay.
Union members say it's not fair for the mayor to break their 10-year contract.
Last week, the Daley administration sent out layoff notices to 1,500 workers. The mayor says he'll be forced to layoff the workers unless the unions accept his budget plan.