CTA to save jobs of convicted felons

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The Chicago Transit Authority put convicted felons to work as apprentices, cleaning its rail cars; but it ran into a problem with the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Union leaders are demanding that the new employees be paid more and get healthcare benefits.

This morning, the CTA is expected to break the impasse by announcing that it’s moving the new cleaning crews over to its bus fleet, where it has better union relations.

The bus line employees are also represented by the ATU, but by a different local.

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