Chicago Transit Authority cites union talks for budget delay (Chicago Tribune)

November 15, 2012 – CTA officials abruptly postponed the scheduled noon release of the transit agency’s 2013 budget today, citing progress in negotiations with its unions on possible savings of millions of dollars. CTA president Forrest Claypool was participating in contract talks that intensified Wednesday and have continued into today, said CTA spokesman Brian Steele. Claypool had warned that fare increases and service cuts would be inevitable this past summer if the CTA’s bus driver and rail operator unions did not give in to his call for contract reforms.The unions refused to negotiate away labor rules that have been in place for decades.  Claypool said he subsequently found “one-time savings” to fill the budget hole and prevent the fare hikes and service cutts this year.

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