CTA Union: Strike May Be Imminent

January 26, 2010

The Chicago Transit Authority's biggest union says going on strike may be one of the only options left to its members.

That's after CTA president Richard Rodriguez said Tuesday more than one thousand layoffs and major service cuts will go through as planned February 7.

Darrell Jefferson is the president of Amalgamated Transit Union 241. Jefferson says Rodrieguez and Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson are offering proposals that he calls "preposterous."

JEFFERSON: At some point you have to draw a line in the sand. Thanks to Mr. Rodrieguez and Mr. Peterson, that line has been drawn. I'm not sure what they want, but what they're asking for is definitely not going to happen

Jefferson says his workers support keeping their contract intact. CTA President Rodriguez says opening union contracts is the only way to mitigate his agency's $95 million budget hole.