Chicago’s transit workers and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members will rally at CTA headquarters downtown against suppression of union activity.
ATU members and elected officers, supporting community and labor leaders will be joined by community supporters and members of other unions to protest against the attack on their union and elected leadership today. They will gather at the CTA headquarters to hold a press conference and attempt to meet with CTA president Carter, ahead of a termination hearing scheduled today to demand that trumped up charges against their elected Executive Board Member be dropped and that CTA management respect transit workers for the hard and important work they do.
The rally will be held today, Thursday, February 11 at 9:30 A.M., at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St.
On Friday, February 5, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) initiated removal proceedings against a 10 year veteran bus driver and the current elected shop steward and executive board member of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 241, Erek Slater. He is the elected union representative of over 600 working families at the North Park CTA bus garage.
Erek states, “I am being accused of a “behavioral violation” because I responded to a coworker’s request to investigate a possible violation of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is only the latest in a continuous string of attacks and intimidation against workers of the CTA and our union. The false allegations are a blatant attempt to remove a union officer and intimidate workers from using our legitimate authority and collective power to defend ourselves, our families, and our communities.”
The workers uniting against CTA ‘s assault against union activity say that these false charges are an escalation in a documented history of attacks on union rights. They assert that because a union steward is being threatened with discharge for attempting to protect the contract and union members, this is an assault against the 10,000 member union and its long history. It is important to note that this attack is occurring after the union contract has expired and during contract negotiations. The ATU workers organizing the rally are claiming that CTA’s unfair and illegal tactics are part of the state-wide and national attack on union and democratic rights.