Take Action Now to Stop the 2013 CTA Rate Hikes|
Say No to the Mayor's Assault
on Working and Poor People!
Send a Letter Now to Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Forest
Claypool: We Demand No Rate Hikes!
Join the December 10
Protest to Stop
the Rate Hikes
is the time. If we act together, we can stop the fare increases
in their tracks. CTA riders and their allies didn't cause the
"budget crisis." Workers and the poor shouldn't have to pay for
Emanuel, Mayor 1%, is at again. Attacking workers and the poor.
His administration is planning to raise 2013 rates on CTA passes
by as much as 74%!
proposal, drafted by CTA President Forest Claypool, CTA passes
will go up by ... 74% for the day pass (new price: $10); 43% for
the 3-day pass ($20); 22% for the 7-day pass ($28); and 16% for
the 30-day pass ($100). The day pass and 3-day pass, which are
used by the poorest riders, are set to increase the most!
extreme arrogance, the Mayor said that if people don't like the
fare hikes they can "choose to drive." Really?
29% of people in Chicago do not own cars. Due to the economic
hardships imposed on workers by the "Great Recession" and rising
prices, train ridership increased by 6% in 2011 and is at its
highest point since 1991--all despite drastic cuts to CTA routes
in recent years. The percentage of CTA riders that use passes:
People who buy CTA passes do so
because they rely on public transit. Emanuel's suggestion that
people can "choose to drive" is not just out of touch, it's
What does this all
really add up to? It all adds up to the simple fact that Mayor
Emanuel and CTA President Claypool want to force people who
can't afford the rate hikes
and have no other transportation options to either walk, starve
or stop paying their bills so they have the money to pay for
transit. The Mayor's administration is reaching into the pockets
of those who can least afford an increase in their regular
The CTA Budget Crisis is a Scam
At the same time we are being asked to pay more for public
services, 66 percent of corporations that do business in
Illinois pay no taxes. City Hall and Springfield hand out money
to Wall Street without even blinking. They handed over the
streets to Morgan Stanley when they sold the parking meters.
They want to hand over our schools to McDonald's, Wal-Mart and
There's no need to raise CTA rates. In December 2011, the state
legislature, which is ultimately responsible for funding the
CTA, passed $370 million in tax breaks for Sears and the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange because they threatened to leave the city
and the state. The legislature said the tax breaks would save
jobs. What did Sears do after the legislature forked over the
money? They turned around and laid off hundreds of workers.
Instead of paying extortion to wealthy corporations and
individuals, money should be used to fund the CTA and other
public services, including public education. The Sears/CME scam
is actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
more than enough money to fund transit for workers and the poor.
Illinois is a wealthy state in the wealthiest country in the
world. Government budget crises are the result of tax breaks for
the rich, government handouts to the corporations and the weight
of mandatory interest payments that governments make to the Big
The CTA "budget crisis" is a big lie being
promoted as reality--all so that the 1% can use the very real
economic crisis of capitalism to escalate the largest ever
transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top of society.
ANSWER Chicago and noCTAcuts.org are
encouraging people to use a variety of strategies to resist the
fare hikes. We will be assembling before the CTA budget hearing
on Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 pm outside CTA headquarters (567 W. Lake
St.) to protest the proposed rate hikes. The budget hearing
begins at 6 pm.
join us on the streets to stop the fare hikes.
Protest to Stop
CTA Rate Hikes
Monday, Dec. 10, 5 pm
567 W. Lake (Corner of Clinton)
We will be gathering before the CTA budget
hearing, which is scheduled for 6 pm. Bring your signs, banners
and voices of protest.
Stop the CTA rate hikes!
Stop the mayor's assault
on working and poor people!
National Day of Action
to Defend Public Transit!
Wednesday, April 4,
2012, 6 pm
In Chicago: Protest at CTA Headquarters (567 W. Lake)
Directions (Green Line - Clinton Stop)
Occupy Chicago Facebook Event
Riders and Transit Workers
Stand Together and Organize to Defend Transit Funding and
Cuts: Make the Billionaires and Banks Pay Up! Money for
Transit, Not War!
The April 4 National Day of Action for Public
Transportation was initiated by Occupy Boston and is supported
by the Amalgamated Transit Union
Actions are taking place in over 18 cities. In Chicago, ATU
Local 241 is supporting the action along with Occupy Chicago,
ANSWER Chicago, Little Village Environmental Justice
Organization and NoCTAcuts.org.
Across the nation and in
Chicago, transit funding and transit unions are under attack.
The Emanuel administration's most recent attack against transit
came in the form of a threat against workers. Outrageously, the
city wants to eliminate work safety rules that save lives. The
fat cats who run city hall also want to take $230 million out of
the workers pockets over the next two years--all while the city
continues to dole out huge tax breaks and subsidies to
billionaire corporations like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,
Boeing and United Airlines.
Let's Fight Back:
ANSWER Chicago urges everyone who can to join this very
important action to save public transit and defend transit
workers hit streets to march for jobs
The time to
stop the layoffs and budget cuts is now!
Hundreds of people marched
through downtown Chicago on Jan. 18 to stop job, school, transit
and budget cuts. Transit workers, teachers, students and
community organizations joined together in a militant protest to
fight against these attacks on working-class people.
Chicago residents take to the streets to fight back
against the severe budget cuts targeting public
transit, schools and other services.
The march started at the
Chicago Transit Authority headquarters and made stops at Boeing, the
Chicago Board of Education and Chase Bank. The most popular chant
was, “Money for Jobs, not for the Banks!”
The CTA is threatening
to layoff over 1,067 union bus drivers and mechanics and slash bus
and train service in poor and working-class neighborhoods around the
The Chicago Public
School District has announced the closure of 14 schools—yet
another round in the city’s ongoing drive to privatize education
and attack the teachers’ union.
On Jan. 20,
approximately 150 bus drivers and community supporters protested and
rallied outside the headquarters of the CTA to oppose the planned
service cuts and layoffs.
Despite the cold
weather, protesters carried placards demanding “No service
cuts!” and “No job cuts!” while chanting for over two hours.
Protesters chanted “They say cut back, we say fight back!” and
“No cuts! No layoffs!”
The proposed CTA cuts
and layoffs are scheduled to take effect on Feb. 7. Approximately 1
million people ride CTA busses daily and the cuts would leave almost
190,000 people without bus service.
CTA board members, all
appointees of Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn, have launched a public
attack on the transit unions. They are arrogantly trying to paint
the transit unions as the problem. CTA president Richard Rodriguez
has gone as far as announcing that service cuts can be rolled back
if the unions “grant concessions.” The CTA also sent out layoff
notices to many workers in direct violation of the contract
City officials are
planning to balance the transit budget on the backs of workers and
riders while banks and Wall Street corporations that operate in
Chicago are swimming in trillions of dollars of federal and local
This is a simple matter
of justice during the worst economic crisis in generations: Not one
single CTA, school or any workers should lose their jobs. Money can
and must be immediately used to fund transit and create jobs. Funds
should come from the big banks and corporations who fill their
treasuries up every day with profits made directly from the labor of
the city’s workers.
riders protest transit layoffs and cuts in Chicago
An injury to one is an injury to all!
their placards high, over 150 Chicago Transit Authority workers,
riders and community supporters picketed and rallied on the
morning of Dec. 9 outside a meeting of the CTA board. The majority
of the workers present were union bus drivers who are locked in a
struggle with the powers that be in the city to save their jobs.
CTA executives have sent pink slips
to approximately 2,000 workers. Other CTA budget cuts will slash
bus service by 18 percent and train service by 9 percent.
The determined crowd marched in
sub-zero weather, demanding an end to service cuts and layoffs.
"No service cuts!” and “Chop from the top!" were
Carlos Acevedo of Local 241 of the
Amalgamated Transit Union; Robert Kelly, president of ATU Local
308; and Heather Benno of NoCTACuts.org spoke at a short rally at
the end of the picket.
The criminal service cuts and
layoffs are scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 7, 2010. CTA
executives, who all make six-figure salaries and are appointees of
Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn, are using the economic crisis as
an excuse to wage a vicious assault on workers and transit riders.
To get involved in the struggle to
stop the service cuts and layoffs, go to NoCTAcuts.org.
Join the struggle to stop attacks on public transit and transit
Working People of
Chicago, Let's Stand Up and Fight Back ... !
On Nov. 12 The CTA board passed the 2010 budget.
1,100 transit jobs are on the chopping block. Drastic service cuts
were approved, including
an 18% cut in bus service and a 9% cut in train service.
The CTA, PACE and METRA are all
claiming budget short falls for 2010. During the worst economic
crisis in generations, they are threatening to raise fares, cut
services, layoff workers and more. All while trillions of
tax-payer dollars are spent on unpopular corporate handouts and bonuses and wars that
benefit a tiny few.
When government agencies say
that the only way we can maintain essential services like public transit is
for us to pay more or for workers to get paid less or lose their
jobs, they are lying. They're also acting in a deliberate and
arrogant manner to attack social services and make
working people bear the majority of the suffering during the economic crisis--all
while we directly fund Wall Street's luxurious lifestyles.
If we stand
together, we can stop the fare hikes, layoffs and cuts! In attacking the transit unions,
the CTA is trying to
discourage a united fight back by dividing riders and transit workers.
Free rides for
seniors are not the problem, as many government and media talking heads
are suggesting. Transit should and could be free, especially for older and
For the government, profits come before people and badly needed
public services. Mayor Daley did not
hesitate to guarantee over $4 billion for the Olympics, sell the
parking meters to Morgan Stanley and give United Airlines $50
million to move to the city. Against the will of the people, the federal government has
bailed out the
banks with over $17.8 trillion. (SEIU Bulletin, Sept. 2009) Yet unemployment and foreclosures continue
to skyrocket. All across the country, social services are under
the most cynical, viscous attack.
The CTA and other transit agencies could
easily find the money to cover the $300 million so-called
"budget gap." For example, Mayor Daley has $1 billion in
his private TIF "slush fund" and millions more left over
from the parking meter deal.
The Chicago economy produces massive sums of wealth. The 2008
GDP in Illinois was $637 billion, which would make Illinois the
18th richest country in the world! No one should have to go
without a job, home, health care, a quality education or have services cut, even in the worst economic
times. The transit rates should and can be decreased, not
Let's work together and fight for funding for people's needs. Help
build a movement to stop the transit budget cuts. People over profits. Join us
in the struggle.