Members of various community organizations and CTA unions will protest the Feb. 7 CTA service cuts Monday with a march from CTA headquarters starting at 11 am. Protesters will march to the Thompson Center for a rally.
Below is copied from the rally Web site.
On the day we honor MLK Jr.’s birthday, we will be joining many organizations and individuals to march to save jobs and stop budget cuts. Over 1,000 bus drivers are being threatened with layoffs. CTA service cuts will affect 18 percent of bus service and 9 percent of train service, mostly in working and poor communities. The criminal CTA cuts and layoffs are scheduled to take effect on Feb. 7, 2010.
The Chicago Public Schools are planning to close another 25 to 30 schools.
All over the country, workers continue to face mass unemployment, severe budget cuts to education, the lose of health care, mounting foreclosures and much more. In Chicago, the official unemployment rate is over 10 percent and over 15 percent for African Americans.
Funding for badly needed state and local agencies and programs are under a merciless attack at the same time trillions of dollars are being spent on endless war and Wall Street bail outs. Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn have recently handed out billions of dollars to Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, UPS, big real estate developers and more.
It’s time to fight back, stand together and demand money for jobs, transit, education, health care and more. Take to the streets with us on January 18. An injury to one is an injury to all!
The Jan. 18 protest is initiated by Public Workers Unite! and endorsed by AFCME Local 2858, ANSWER Chicago, Caucus of Rank File Educators – CORE, Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, Chicago GMB – IWW, Citizens Taking Action, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Gay Liberation Network, Illlinois Healthy Workplace Advocates/Workplace Bullying Institute, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, International Socialist Organization, League for the Revolutionary Party, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, News and Letters Committees, NoCTAcuts.org, Northside Action for Justice, Party for Socialism and LIberation, Socialist Alternative, Solidarity, UIC-GEO, UP Movement, Veterans for Peace-Chicago, Vietnam Veterans Against the War-Chicago. Please endorse this important action now by calling 773-463-0311.