By: Diane Benjamin
City of Bloomington AFSCME Local 699 ratified a new contract yesterday that eliminates Sick Leave Buy Back. The City Council will approve it Monday. Congrats to both sides!
For once the City did not hire a Chicago lawyer to negotiate for them. That made a contract easier to achieve and saved both sides a lot of time and money.
I’m hearing employees even realized SLBB has been abused. The citizens sure realize it.
Public Works has an employee named Adam Smith who is listed on the FINALLY posted compensation list for last year as a tuck driver. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21565
He is also a union head. I’m told Smith received a DUI which means he automatically lost his CDL license for one year. I’m also told the City has always laid off others who have lost their CDL. After a year they can reapply, but they lose all seniority.
I’m also told Smith was reassigned to a job that does not require him to drive. This is evidently the first time an employee has been treated in this way. Fellow employees are wondering why.
This record is available from the County database:
Another Public Works employee is in the same spot – Clint Pfanz. He is also listed as a truck driver. He was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and related offenses this month. Pfanz’s offenses are more serious since Smith wasn’t accused of leaving the scene of an accident. Pfanz’s record is also available:
So far Pfanz has not been terminated either. It will be interesting to see if the two cases are handled different. Nothing destroys moral faster than favoritism.
Criminal and Civil cases can be accessed on the County website here: https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/137/Public-Access-Search-System