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Labor Beat: Keep Public Services in Public Hands

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Published on Nov 1, 2011

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 the Community Labor Alliance for Public Services held a rally outside the Morton Civic Center, where the City Council of Evanston, Illinois meets. They were protesting the cuts in and privatization of the city's public services. Evanston is a major suburb just north of Chicago's city border. Cuts have been sharpest in Parks and Forestry, targeting staff. This is negatively affecting quality of life for city residents, including the conditions along the lake front and also snow plowing. "It's going to result in a diminution of services to the city," Henry Bayer, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 31, points out. "If they go through with this plan the work that will be done in the Forestry Dept. by the private contractor doesn't cover all the services currently performed by the city." Kevin Johnson, President, AFSCME 8191, states: "We hope to stop any privatizing, any more layoffs. It is the end to quality services that Evanston residents have depended upon." Additional speakers are: Florence Estes, Staff Rep, AFSCME Council 31; Judy Wittner, Community Labor Alliance for Public Services; Charles Hogan, Retired Evanston Public Service Employee.

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