Two days after the Chicago Transit Authority reduced service on 119 bus routes and seven rail lines, officials are still trying to figure out to make the cuts only temporary.
But no one is confident that any headway will be made.
"I’m going to give them his menu," said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union 308, prior to a Tuesday evening meeting with rail workers. "I don’t think they’re going to like his menu. I don’t anticipate them ordering anything off his menu."
The menu Kelly spoke of is the CTA's request that union employees take furlough days, pay cuts and more responsibility over health care costs.
The unions say they've given all they can give.
"They've renegotiated everything," Daley said. "This went on for months. This is nothing new."
The service cuts were made to help close a $95 million budget gap. Nearly 290 buses have been taken out of service and 1,000 union employees have lost their jobs. Most of the remaining bus and rail services are starting later in the day and ending earlier.