Now Daley asks for union concessions to avoid service cuts

Just over a week ago, Mayor Daley was saying there’s nothing we can do to stop the service cuts set to take effect this Sunday. From the Sun-Times story:

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.

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  • It appears that all you are doing is hitting Daley for apparent inconsistency without taking other factors into account such as--

    --it being reported in Chicago Breaking News that the arbitrator YESTERDAY ruled against the union, even though the union picked the arbitrator, and "[t]he union's leaders expressed disappointment over the arbitrator's decision, and they said in a statement that they 'always understood, unfortunately, that our members would be laid off.' " http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/02/ruling-oks-cta-service-cuts-layoffs-starting-sunday.html

    -- various reports that Jefferson was at least engaging in deceit when he indicated that he was willing to give the givebacks, but Rodriguez indicating that such had not been put on the table, and, as I mentioned yesterday, certain activists saying that while Jefferson said he was willing to give back something, it was not this year's raise, and it was conditional on firing people not in the bargaining unit. I can't vouch for the what union members say, but there is enough extrinsic evidence that Jefferson is the one who has been talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    Hence, the ball is in the unions' court. I don't expect them to give concessions, but since there is a contract, the issue is not up to Daley, but whether Jefferson and Kelly want to negotiate. Daley's envoy, Rodriguez, has consistently said that he is willing to negotiate, and, as I mentioned a week ago, Rodriguez not an independent actor from whom Daley could have "pulled the rug" from under. Any other belief shows a profound misunderstanding of how the CTA is de facto governed.

  • It's kind of moot. Union concessions wouldn't buy much service back. It's wrong to use the unions as a scapegoat; the problems aren't their fault and they would lose too much to give us too little.

  • In reply to BobS:

    I don't know what the technical glitch was, but anyway...

    There might be a point to Bob's statement. The union guy I cited above suddenly became more reasonable, but pointed out that dollarwise, the concessions would not have come close to what CTA says it needs. However, there are other issues, such as that CTA says it can't afford to run the 15 year old buses, but the capital bill money supposedly earmarked for the 140 new ones has not yet come through. With regard to Heather Stearns being reported as saying that the lawsuit was going to be resolved soon, I guess not soon enough.

  • In reply to BobS:

    WORST MAYOR IN CHICAGO HISTORY! the poster child for term limits.

  • In reply to BobS:

    one more thig, Daley, go to HELL! go straight to HELL!

  • It's obvious to me that Mayor Daley is behind this for whatever reasons. MAYOR DALEY GIVE ME MY BUS AND TRAIN BACK!

  • It's obvious to me that Mayor Daley is behind this for whatever reasons. MAYOR DALEY GIVE ME MY BUS AND TRAIN BACK!

  • It's obvious to me that Mayor Daley is behind this for whatever reasons. MAYOR DALEY GIVE ME MY BUS AND TRAIN BACK!

  • It's kind of moot. Union concessions wouldn't buy much service back. It's wrong to use the unions as a scapegoat; the problems aren't their fault and they would lose too much to give us too little.

  • It's kind of moot. Union concessions wouldn't buy much service back. It's wrong to use the unions as a scapegoat; the problems aren't their fault and they would lose too much to give us too little.

  • It's obvious the CTA's Peterson and Rodriguez are simply Daley's mouthpiece at the CTA. MAYOR DALEY, GIVE US BACK OUR BUS AND TRAINS!

  • It's obvious the CTA's Peterson and Rodriguez are simply Daley's mouthpiece at the CTA. MAYOR DALEY, GIVE US BACK OUR BUS AND TRAINS!

  • It's obvious the CTA's Peterson and Rodriguez are simply Daley's mouthpiece at the CTA. MAYOR DALEY, GIVE US BACK OUR BUS AND TRAINS!

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