CTA bus union president Darrell Jefferson threatened drivers will follow rules to the letter -- which would mean slower bus runs -- the CTA doesn't negotiate fairly.
...."A "slowdown" would mean strict adherence to the rules, i.e., no driving
a bus more than 35 mph, and no taking off from a bus stop before a
passenger is seated or at least hanging onto a strap. Jefferson said
the CTA has been pushing drivers to go faster than the rules allow, in
order to meet schedules." -- Sun-Times
The union prez also noted that many drivers are working overtime after the layoffs. He said if no progress is made in talks schedules for next Wednesday, the slowdown would commence.
The CTA could not be reached for comment.
Interesting bedfellows there with Jackson and the bus union. You might think Jackson would side with the hundreds of thousands of inconvenienced commuters, rather than a few thousand union members. I said on ChicagoNow Radio this morning that I certainly don't blame the union for this mess. But they could help a bit even by agreeing to some furlough days off. That would be $20 million right there.
Folks, this is really starting to get ugly.