CPS, SEIU talk 3-year contract details

June 14, 2012 (CHICAGO)

SEIU is the second largest union in CPS, representing about 5,500 workers-- including school janitors, child welfare attendants and special ed classroom assistants.

"As part of our new contract, SEIU members will receive a 2-percent pay increase in each of the 3 years of the contract. And we'll provide meaningful professional development to child welfare attendants ... and advance their career," said Jean-Claude Brizard, CPS.

"Our members' main concern was job security, as well as getting a wage increase. And we were able to accomplish that," said Taalib-Din Ziyad, SEIU vice president.

Union workers ratified the new contract agreement after two months of negotiations.

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