Daley acknowledged that CTA unions made concessions in a 2007 deal
that allowed a 16 percent pay hike over five years to be gobbled up by
contributions to health care and a pension fund on the brink of
collapse. But he said there is no alternative now but to ask those same
unions to dig even deeper.
"Everybody's in a bind," the mayor said. "What can you do?....You can't have more with less."
But today he's singing a different tune, and asking the union to make concessions so we can avoid the cuts, according to the Trib's Clout Street blog:
"So that we've done everything we can to avoid service cuts -- and
to reach an agereement -- I've asked our CTA leaders to again sit down
with representatives of the CTA's unions," Daley said in a news release
issue by his press office.
The mayor is trying to get out front
of what's expected to be widespread public displeasure when routes are
scaled back this weekend and riders feel the impact.
OK, but I just wish he had pushed on this a little sooner, rather than just three days before cuts are scheduled to take effect.