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Daley releases statement: CTA & Union will meet to try and avoid cuts

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STATEMENT OF MAYOR RICHARD M. DALEY REGARDING MEETING TODAY ON PROPOSED CTA SERVICE CUTS This afternoon, I have asked leaders of the unions representing CTA employees and CTA officials to come to my office so that we can -- I hope -- reach an agreement to prevent bus and train service cuts from going into effect this Sunday. We need the full cooperation and the full participation of the unions to responsibly close the remaining $95 million deficit at the CTA. As I’ve said, the CTA, the Governor and the legislature have each done their part to close the deficit and prevent layoffs and service cuts. Last year, the Governor and legislature made a critical decision to provide new funding to the CTA. The CTA has asked its managers and staff to take furlough days and unpaid holidays, in addition to their ongoing spending cuts each year. Now, it’s up to the CTA unions to work together and come to the table to be a part of the solution. It’s important to remember that at City Hall, our unions have been understanding about the city’s budget challenges and were willing to be part of the solution. We were able to avoid job layoffs and service cuts because of the cooperation of Dennis Gannon and other union leaders. Both I and the city’s managers and other staff are taking furlough days as well, which means a reduction in salary for each of us. Now, we want to avoid job layoffs and service cuts at the CTA as well. To do that, we need the full participation of the unions to arrive at a responsible solution to the CTA’s remaining deficit. I hope the CTA’s unions are willing to do their part, starting with a meeting this afternoon in my office.

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