One step forward (if that), three steps back on the CTA-union negotiations.
Today there was bickering over who didn’t invite whom to meetings that may or may not have been promised.
Folks, it really doesn’t look too good at all for any resolution to this mess anytime soon.
First, the Trib reports that CTA brass called FAIL on the union concession proposal that the union said would save almost $91 million. The CTA claims the proposal will actually cost an extra $78 million, because it calls for “bringing back conductors on trains, replacing some CTA managers with
union employees and using union labor for some snow-removal work that
the CTA now contracts out.”
Meanwhile, the Sun-Times reports the “he said-she said” nature of the back-and-forth over who might or might not have invited whom to a negotiations meeting.
And, surprise surprise, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is playing the race card by saying that the cuts are being felt disproportionately on the South Side.
Sorry Jesse. That’s another FAIL. Tell that to Martha on her North Side commute to her counseling job at a Chicago high school on the Northwest Side. Or to any of the other folks who have shared their pain from all over the city.
Drop it, Jesse.