Union proposal relies on wage cuts for 2011-13 to balance 2010 budget; huh?
The Tribune and other media outlets yesterday published plans submitted by two CTA unions and CTA management to lower operating costs and possibly end the reduced service that went into effect Sunday.
The proposed cuts from the CTA would affect only union bus and train operators, while the union plan also includes eliminating some management positions.
Here is the CTA proposal, according to the Chicago Tribune:
pay for STO*
pay for non-STO*
weekly pay guarantee
guarantee for show-up
vacation days by one day
paid lunch on owl runs
Note: An STO is a job classification that includes bus operators, motormen and customer assistants.
And here's the union's plan:
|Wage deferment for 2013||$30.0|
|Wage deferment for 2012||$25.0|
|Ten-day furlough for all employees||$20.0|
|Wage deferment for half of 2011||$12.0|
|Eliminate management positions (bus operations signout and post
supervisors, instructors and clerks)
|Eliminate management positions (garage assistant foremen positions)||$1.2|
A CTA spokesperson said they finally saw the unions' plan in its entirety for the first time Tuesday in the press.
The union had never shared all these details with them, she said. Hmmm,
and here we thought the unions had been negotiating in good faith all
First note: as I've asked here before: How can the union
expect to cover expenses incurred this year with cuts to expenses that
won't be incurred until 2011, 2012 and 2013? I mean really, what are
When I asked the CTA about the 2011-13 wage
deferral ideas, they were kinder than me. A spokesperson said: "To
restore service we would need to find savings in 2010. We're not sure
how foregoing wage increases in 2011 and beyond would accomplish that,
so we are anxious to talk to the unions about their ideas."
note: The current contract runs through 2011, so the unions may be
assuming deferral of wage increases that haven't even been negotiated.
Question for the CTA: How could you get talked into paying $1 million for employee lunches on owl runs? To you Tattler readers working the overnight shift: Does your employer buy your lunch? Right. Didn't think so. Cut that $1 million, please.
As for eliminating management positions, a source told me Tuesday that 10 management staff -- most were 30-plus years on the job -- were laid off. A few of them were in rail management. I'm trying to confirm that. More later.
in the final analysis, the CTA's proposal seems the most realistic and doable -- but only if the union agrees, of course. On the union plan, by the time you take out the $67 million in future possible wage deferrals, you're left with $20 million in furlough days this year, and maybe $3.6 million in management layoffs. So, that might get us some or all of the express buses back.
That's not enough.
Unions, please try to think about your clients -- your passengers -- and your fellow laid-off union members, and think harder about accepting the CTA's plan.