CHICAGO (TOC) — With a lifeguard scarcity threatening Chicago’s seashores and swimming pools this summer time, the Chicago Park District is providing $500 bonuses to those that fill the seasonal positions.
The park district mentioned they’re crucial, life-saving jobs and the bonus displays their respect for the lifeguards’ duty and excessive demand.
“We’re, we’re making an attempt to nudge the younger folks to finish the method to maintain making use of. So we’re instituting intention and recruitment bonus,” mentioned Chicago Park District Superintendent Rosa Escareno.
Together with $500 bonuses to seasonal lifeguards, the park district may also provide $200 bonuses to different seasonal employees. It at the moment has 2,100 summer time positions to fill.
“They’re crucial. They’re tremendous crucial to all the things that occurred in the summertime. So our lifeguards, that are employed to handle all of our seashores, about 27 seashores, after which we now have about seven, we now have seven faculties,” Escareno mentioned.
The lifeguard scarcity shouldn’t be distinctive to the town; it’s, actually, nationwide.
“The pandemic has simply been brutal. Popping out of a pandemic, it is it is a very fascinating dynamic and definitely we’re seeing it in different sectors and it is extending additionally to a scarcity of lifeguards throughout the nation,” mentioned Escareno.
Final 12 months, underneath completely different management, dozens of Chicago Park District workers confronted disciplinary motion following the Workplace of Inspector Common report trying into sexual harassment allegations from 2020. Escareno mentioned since then the district has applied sweeping modifications.
“We’ve got chased our considerations head on. We’re working very, very exhausting to ascertain a reporting system,” she mentioned. “We’re together with the workplace of prevention and accountability to make sure that these complaints transferred and we’re held folks accountable. And we are going to proceed to try this.”
Park district leaders mentioned they’re optimistic the bonus will assist safe sufficient lifeguards to open the seashores on Friday, Could 27 and swimming pools on June 24 as scheduled.
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