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November 24, 2020

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on the Passage of the 2021 City of Chicago Budget


Nov. 24, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis



Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on the Passage of the 2021 City of Chicago Budget


CHICAGO – Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2021 City of Chicago budget:


“Today’s vote marks an important step forward for the City of Chicago as we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Working people, especially public workers, have sacrificed so much during the past year. While some Chicagoans had the luxury of working from home, many City of Chicago employees risked their own health and safety to ensure this city kept running. These workers are heroes, and through their sacrifice they have earned our respect, support, and gratitude.


“We commend the City Council and Mayor Lightfoot for honoring that sacrifice by protecting the services so many depend on while ensuring no city employees are laid off in 2021. This is a difficult budget, but we are living in difficult times. On behalf of the Chicago Federation of Labor, I want to thank the City Council for stepping up and doing what is right by passing this budget and meeting the challenge in front of them. I also want to especially recognize Mayor Lightfoot for engaging in this budgetary process in an open, collaborative way. The people of this city expect solutions, and I believe that we have delivered.


“Unfortunately, some City Council members decided to vote against protecting workers and protecting services. We look forward to engaging these aldermen to help them better understand the issues important to the working class of this city.”