The CTA bus drivers union is considering a strike to protest planned layoffs of about 1,800 members of the Local 241 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, according to a CBS2 Chicago report.
The union president, Darrell Jefferson, goes on to insist the CTA's budget deficit is actually $500 million, not the $300 million cited by the CTA. But the union will continue to resist any givebacks, including furlough days.
Furthermore, Jefferson says: "Metropolitan Transit Act says, in section 28, that management and
exempt people should make up only 3 percent of the total number of
employees. We estimate CTA being somewhere like 15 to 18 percent.
Laying off people and you're still gonna be heavy in management, I
think you're asking for a war more than a layoff."
So, we'll have to see how this war plays out.
Meanwhile, the Civic Federation of Chicago has defended the CTA's budget with fare hikes and service cuts as "responsible."
Philly transit workers strike. Philadelphia transit workers certainly aren't afraid to strike. But at least they waited till a few hours after the final World Series game in the City of Brotherly Love.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority buses, trolleys and subways were idled by the surprise pre-dawn strike yesterday.