Just when you thought it couldn't get any stranger, it does.
Suddenly, the CTA's biggest union is ready to deal and give up a pay raise and take furloughs, but claims the CTA "walked away" from the offer and "then accused the union of lying," according to the Sun-Times story.
In a follow-up story on Saturday, the Sun-Times reported that CTA President Richard Rodriguez would gladly accept the union's offer, but that he hadn't yet heard it. The Sun-Times noted: "If each union employee took 10 furlough days, it would save the agency
$30 million in 2010, while the deferment of 2011 pay hikes would save
$20 million next year."
Though I'm not sure how deferring 2011 pay hikes helps balance this year's budget.
We'll have to keep an eye on this story.