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ATU Local 241 lawsuit filings against CTA now complete

ATU Attorney Joe Pass says CTA management is “untrustworthy,” considers additional action

At a news conference Wednesday at ATU Local 241 headquarters, Local 241 attorney Joe Pass stated the union’s intent to file a series of lawsuits against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to be completed by end of this week.

Those filings are now complete.

The lawsuits, which range from a class-action grievance aimed at CTA employee relations, a federal suit for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and a state lawsuit filed in Cook County to enforce 10 contract agreements, the Union claims the CTA has refused to honor and abide.

Pass noted that the CTA could resolve the grievance portion by hiring back at least 50 operators.

In response to CTA spokesperson Noelle Gaffney’s claims that employees signed a workbook to work overtime, and that the Union was “going to court instead violates the terms of the contract,” Pass retorted, “If the current situation was not so serious, Ms. Gaffney’s comments regarding Local 241’s lawsuits would be laughable.

Her suggestion that the Union must use the “grievance” procedure to resolve disputes demonstrates her ignorance to reality at the CTA, as well as the law.”

”If her comments are directed toward the federal lawsuit, certainly the CTA must be aware the law permits any employee denied his or her rights under federal statutes to seek redress in federal court,” Pass continued.

“Furthermore we shall continue to press our cases in the appropriate state and federal jurisdictions and are considering additional actions if the CTA continues on its ways.”

Pass also said CTA management has conspicuously not mentioned the huge union givebacks of recent years.

Local 241 gave back the CTA $1.3 billion, he noted, ranging from relieving CTA of retiree healthcare that they are no longer liable and bond money relief more than two years ago.

Additionally, Pass said, the union’s 2007, 3 percent wage increase went directly to the pension fund and not in the pockets of workers.

Moreover, in 2008, 3 percent of wages went to the retiree health care, and this year 2.3 percent of scheduled pay raises again went to the pension fund to bail out the CTA of their financial calamity.

Darrell Jefferson, president of ATU Local 241 made it clear that “We are not here to hurt the riding public. Some members may call for a possible strike vote as early as Monday, but I will be advising against it.”

With more CTA lay-offs scheduled for Sunday, Jefferson warned. “The longer waits and the longer lines are yet to come.”

Jefferson also reinforced his commitment to work with CTA to help find a permanent funding solution for mass transit in Chicago.

“I will work with CTA to get to any type of positive conclusion, whatever it takes,” Jefferson said.

“I’ll go to the state, to the feds, to Mercury, to Mars, I’ll go there with them if it’s going to bring funding back for mass transit in the city of Chicago. But, if we’re not going to try to get something permanent, I don’t want to be a part of it.”

ATU Local 241 is the voice of working people employed in the transportation industry.

It is the largest local within the ATU in the United States with nearly 11,000 members.

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8 Responses to "ATU Local 241 lawsuit filings against CTA now complete"

  1. Hiram Leon says:

    I am going to try this sometime soon!

  2. shabazz says:

    i’m an operator out of 103rd st garage. on monday august 30 i got suspended from work because of a terminal procedure. on september 13 i have to see the general manager for this situation. they think that i’m fooling around in the terminal. nobody listens to the drivers. you try to do your best out there’ they won’t let you. when this first happen in june i told them then, that i use the washroom frequently. i did write and called several times to the control center. no one is listening, please help if you can.

  3. shabazz says:

    look i’m at 103rd st garage one of the top managers suspened me for the terminal prodeure. they think i am messing around in the terminal. i keep telling them that i have to use the bathroom sometimes. nobody listens to the drivers and no one cares. i told them when this first happen in june. when i have to go i have to go. i have to meet with the big manager for something that is a natural function on the 13 of september. to me i didn’t do nothing wrong. can somebody pease help. ms. shabazz

  4. BABY J says:

    WE ALL SIT AROUND AN TALK ABOUT THE UNION WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND ASK YOURSELF WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE UNION BECAUSE THE MEMBERSHIP IS VERY DIVIDE AND CTA LOVE IT AND CTA WILL WIN IF THE MEMERSHIP DO NOT STAND UP AND FACE CTA. IT NOT THE UNION IT MEMBERSHIP THAT IS BLIND OPEN YOUR EYE CTA IS PLAYING GAMES AND THE MEMBERSHIP IS ON BOARD. CTA IS 75% BLACK AND WE DO STAND TOGETER AND CTA LOVE IT. SO STOP TALKING ABOUT THE UNION AND HELP THEM BECAUSE 2011 IS ON IT WAY.

  5. kent says:

    machael burton should been our president in the get go because alot of these issue we are going threw will not been a problem because do to the faCT HE WOULD LOOK AT THE 2007 CONTRACT AN SAW THAT SENRIOTY RULE NO MATTER WHAT PS EXPALIN TO ME HOW DOES A BUS DRIVIER LOST HIS JOB WITH 6 YEARS OF SERVICES AND A PART TIMER CAN KEEP HIS JOB WITH 14 MONTHS OF SERVICES THAT PUZZLES THE HELL OUT OF ME ALSO YOU ALL WORKING AT CTA NOW BETTER WAKE UP AN SMELL THR COFFEE AN GETTING READY TO FOOD MR JEFFERSON OUT OF OFFICE DO TO THE FACT HE IS MESSING UP BIG TIME MACHAEL BURTON AT 77 GARRAGE GOT MY VOTE IN 2011

  6. kent says:

    just get the problem fix because alot of people need transit

  7. wood58 CHICAGO says:

    what ? CTA DON’T WANT TO WORK WITH YOU MAYBE IF QUIT KISSING THEIR ASS YOU CAN GET SOMETHING DONE. CALL BACK 50 (HOPEFULLY YOU MEAN FULL TIMER) WOULD RESOLVE SOMETHING, RESOLVE WHAT? YOU STILL HAVE 1,000 MORE WORKERS NEED CALLING BACK THAT’S NOT EVEN 1% I’M BETTING YOU DON’T EVEN CARE YOU SUCH A DUMB ASS MR. JEFFERSON. IF THE MEMBERS WANT TO STRIKE I HOPE THEY DON’T LET YOUR DUMB ASS STAND IN THE WAY YOU DONE SCREWED THEM POOR PEOPLE UP ENOUGH. I HOPE YOU READ THIS. I CAN’T EVEN SIT AND RELAX GOING TO WORK ANYMORE CAUSE ALL BUSES ARE PACK AND LATE WHY? CAUSE THEY HAVE DUMB ASS LIKE YOU HEAD OF THE LARGEST UNION GET ALL YOUR MEMBERS BACK TO WORK FIRST EVEN IF HAVE TO OPEN THE CONTRACT AND BREAK IT THEN AFTER ALL THE MEMBERS ARE BACK OPEN IT AGAIN AND FIX IT DUMB ASS

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