Union ready to deal, but says CTA "walked away"

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger, it does.

Suddenly, the CTA’s biggest union is ready to deal and give up a pay raise and take furloughs, but claims the CTA “walked away” from the offer and “then accused the union of lying,” according to the Sun-Times story.


In a follow-up story on Saturday, the Sun-Times reported that CTA President Richard Rodriguez would gladly accept the union’s offer, but that he hadn’t yet heard it. The Sun-Times noted: “If each union employee took 10 furlough days, it would save the agency
$30 million in 2010, while the deferment of 2011 pay hikes would save
$20 million next year.”

Though I’m not sure how deferring 2011 pay hikes helps balance this year’s budget.

We’ll have to keep an eye on this story.


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  • Well, notice how it said that the union offered a deal that included "furloughs...as well as management cuts." The CTA has already done widespread management cuts, so they shouldn't have to do anything but accept the union's concessions. Darrell Jefferson's usual quote about the number of managers at bus garages doesn't make a lot of sense and presumably he used the same lack of logic when negotiating. The CTA was asking him to concede, not the other way around. It seems the union is just trying to place some of the blame for the cuts back on the CTA.

  • In reply to theloosh:

    The union is run by crooked idiots, no doubt about it. However, I have no idea where you get this idea that CTA management is a bunch of angels and heroes. The reality is they are just as bad.

  • This article seems to describe the current situation a lot better than the one that was linked to:
    The union proposal looks quite inviable, which is why the CTA didn't accept it. Rather than outline it more thoroughly, the union says "we offered them all sorts of creative alternatives that didn't violate our contract." Except, that they will have to violate the contract to get things done.

  • As theloosh points out, Jefferson has been talking out of both sides of his mouth for a while now. Again, I'm not going to say who said what at a bargaining table at which I was not present, but someone has a credibility problem.

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