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CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Ex-Felons To Keep Jobs With CTA, Cleaning Buses

It appears that 60 ex-felon apprentice car-cleaners will keep their jobs at the CTA — but they will be cleaning buses instead of rapid transit cars for the foreseeable future.

01/02/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

Labor Official Blamed As CTA Gets Ready To Lay Off Ex-Offenders

With tempers flaring and voices raised, the battle over 65 so-called “second chance” jobs for ex-offenders was intensified Thursday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/12/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Union: Train Interiors Will Get Dirty Under CTA Plan

Transit officials say labor representatives are misleading the public.

12/09/2013

Ventra reader (CBS)

CTA Union: Ventra System Allowing Commuters To Ride For Free

A union official on Thursday showed reporters a photograph of a Ventra card that worked –- despite having a negative balance of $272.50.

11/21/2013

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Transit Union: Delay Final Ventra Switchover Until It’s Fixed

Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly said the employees he represents are getting verbal abuse daily.

11/01/2013

Workers assess the damage to the Blue Line cars. (Credit: Richard Wyatt/WBBM Newsradio)

CTA Suspends Switchman In Sept. 30 Blue Line Crash

Union leaders are furious, claiming the CTA is simply looking for a scapegoat. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

10/31/2013

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA, Transit Union Oppose Concealed Carry On Public Buses, Trains

If gun owners are allowed to ride the CTA armed, its union leaders want to arm transit personnel to the teeth, also, but the union says allowing commuters to carry guns on buses and trains would be “disastrous.”

WBBM Newsradio–02/22/2013

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CTA Postpones Unveiling Budget Amid Progress In Union Talks

The CTA was supposed to unveil its 2013 budget Thursday – but canceled the presentation minutes before a scheduled news conference because of overnight progress in talks with its two major unions.

11/15/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the Chicago teachers' strike at City Hall, following a City Council meeting on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Set To Shift Focus To Police, Fire, Transit Union Contracts

With the two-week trauma of the Chicago teachers’ strike now behind him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his attention to other labor challenges ahead. Police officers, firefighters, and transit workers are all either in contract talks, or getting ready to start negotiations.

CBS 2–09/20/2012

(Photo Credit: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

No CTA Fare Hike, Despite $277 Million Deficit

The CTA won’t increase fares or cut service in the coming year — if its unions agree to $160 million or more in work rule changes.

10/19/2011

Forrest Claypool

Claypool Still Hinting At Possible CTA Fare Hike

Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool is still hinting at a possible fare increase, after announcing the elimination of 200 non-union positions in an effort to partially fill a big budget hole.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2011

CTA train (CBS file)

CTA ‘Looking At Everything’ To Solve Budget Crisis

The CTA says it faces a $277 million budget shortfall in the coming year. It won’t say yet that it plans fare hikes or service cuts, but CTA President Forrest Claypool made it clear he’s targeting union work rules.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2011

Union members, activists and members of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition rally at the Thompson Center to support President Barack Obama's jobs plan on Sept. 10, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Unions, Activists March To Support Obama Jobs Plan

Several hundred people gathered in the Thompson Center plaza on Saturday to voice support for the jobs plan unveiled Thursday by President Obama.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2011