Chicago Federation of Labor and Chicago Jobs with Justice, among seven
other groups, want new manufacturers of Chicago Transit Authority
(CTA) rail cars to lay out specific details about how many local jobs will be created before any contract is awarded.
The groups, which also included Citizen Action Illinois and Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, sent a letter Monday to CTA President Forrest Claypool
requesting that the transportation agency require upcoming rail car bidders to
make such information public. The groups charge that local and state
workers have largely been left out of the Montreal-based Bombardier Transportation's construction of approximately 700 new CTA rail cars. The Montreal company won a $1 billion contract for the rail car construction.
American Jobs Plan disclosure requirement should include information
about the quantity, proposed wages and benefits, location, investment in
work force training and plans for recruitment of disadvantaged workers
related to the proposed manufacture of the vehicles,’’ the letter reads.
A CTA spokesman pledged that the transportation agency would continue working with labor and federal officials to find common ground on the issue, according to the Chicago Tribune.