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CTA Union Threatens Management

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Union leaders say they’ll take action if the Chicago Transit Authority goes ahead with plans to lay off more than a thousand employees next month.

Darrell Jefferson heads the bus drivers’ union. It represents nearly 7,000 employees. He says the CTA violated the union’s contract by sending pinks slips to workers with seniority.

JEFFERSON: We can’t legally talk about going on strike right now at this moment. We are researching that, and hopefully we’ll have an answer to that very soon.

Jefferson wrote a letter to CTA President Richard Rodriguez earlier this week. In it, he says CTA management has repeatedly disregarded union agreements.

A CTA spokeswoman says Rodriguez did not receive the letter.

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