So much for union solidarity

To preserve their pay raise, two locals of the Amalgamated Transit Union representing CTA bus and train personnel were willing to throw hundreds of their brothers and sisters overboard to preserve the kind of raises for the survivors that few people in the private sector have seen during the recession. Here's a look at how those who got tossed are feeling. 
Union officials said had to do it to preserve the quality jobs when the laid-off workers return. Or, more properly, if they return. Public employee union membership now far outnumbers private employee union membership, but there seems to be a particular failure of the public unions to have any idea of the meaning of solidarity.

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