CHICAGO (CBS)– Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority say they have tentative agreements with several trade unions that could that could save the system six and a half million dollars. WBBM Newsradio’s Craig Dellimore reports.

The tentative contracts with CTA trade unions allow the transit agency more flexibility in scheduling work crews and controlling overtime costs.
In return, CTA President Forest Claypool said the unions are promised no layoffs.

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“It protects the existing level of the work force for the life of the contract. For 5 years.”

Claypool said officials hope these agreements can form the framework for contracts with the amalgamated transit workers, the big unions that represent the bus drivers and rail workers.

“We’ve made progress but we still have a ways to go that’s why we’re still negotiating.”

He will not publicly say they’re close.

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