25 Feb 2010

Savage cuts in Chicago

The leader of the union representing CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) bus drivers says there could be a strike vote Monday, in the wake of service and staff cuts.
The bus drivers’ union has suffered the majority of the 1,057 layoffs the CTA imposed to close a $95.6 million budget gap. The transit agency cut bus service 18 percent on 7 February.
Darrell Jefferson, the president of the union local, said the CTA has been violating the union’s contract — for instance, by requiring part-time workers, who are supposedly limited to 32 hours a week, to work overtime. He said part-time workers are working 15-to-16-hour days to make up for the people laid off.

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