Let 'em shut it down
Believe me, it's the only way to end this perpetual "doomsday" crap. Any public employee union threatening a strike now for any
increased benefits is out of line with reality. When you get even Mayor Richard M. Daley pleading f
or the CTA unions to settle, you know they've gone too far. Reported the Sun-Times:
Daley acknowledged that CTA unions gave plenty during 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 but to ask those same
unions to dig even deeper, just as city employees have been forced to do
-- from the mayor down.
As for give-backs, given in the past and allegedly now, the unions have plenty to give back.
However, I do agree with Robert Kelly, president of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local
308, representing motormen, when he criticizes Gov. Pat Quinn for an agreement that posed a two-year fare freeze in return for the CTA to receive borrowed money. For all the bellyaching about our state and local financial crises, everything we do seems to make it worse.
Yes, I work from home so I won't miss the CTA while the workers strike. Although, like all 7 million people in the Chicago area, I'll feel the impact one way or another. But are we left with any other choice other than to face down the unions? When will the public stand up to them?