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CTA President Says He's Ready to Meet with Union Leaders

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Chicago Transit Authority President Richard Rodriguez says he’s ready to meet with union leaders. Monday was the first weekday of reduced service. About 1,100 workers lost their jobs. Passengers dealt with longer waits for fewer trains and buses.

Rodriguez says the agency hopes unions will accept concessions so some jobs and service can be restored.

RODRIGUEZ: I had the pleasure of speaking to both gentlemen, Darrell Jefferson from ATU Local 241 and Bob Kelly from Local 308, this morning, again offering an availability to meet with them any time day or night, any time this week. They both have expressed an interest in potentially meeting sometime this week, but that they they weren’t quite ready to talk.

Rodriguez says the CTA yesterday saw more rail passengers between 6:30 and 7:30 morning and fewer passengers in the 8:00-hour. That indicates passengers adjusted their commute schedules.

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