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CTA Union Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

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Chicago Transit Authority union workers have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the transit system.

The dispute is over salaries and how drivers select bus routes.

But union financial secretary Jack Bayer say those are symptoms of a bigger problem.

“CTA unilaterally changes things without any discussion with the union,” he says. “It’s just total disrespect of their employees and of the union.”

The CTA says it would be illegal for the union to strike based on state law and the terms of the contract, which is under arbitration.

The union claims the CTA has violated that contract.

The last strike at the CTA was in March 1979. It lasted 4 days.

The union authorized a strike in 2001, but reached a deal with the CTA before workers walked off the job.

No strike date has been set in the current contract dispute.

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