Tech giants to sell off CTA’s engineering services

CTA engineers, technicians, and other tech workers have been under scrutiny for months as the city tries to find a way to cut its $4 billion cost-of-living budget by 30 percent.

The CTA is also facing pressure to cut overtime and wages as the agency’s revenue has dropped significantly, a trend that is likely to continue.

But the agency is still facing criticism for how it handles workers, especially those who are not unionized.

Citing the agency as a target, CTA General Manager Kevin Ortiz announced Tuesday that it will be laying off 1,000 workers, reducing hourly pay by 5 percent and reducing overtime by 1 percent, starting Jan. 31.

The layoffs will be phased in over the next two years.

The cuts are expected to be completed by April 2019, CTE’s union president, Anthony Marrocco, told Bloomberg.

“I think it is a sad day for CTA and a sad loss for workers,” he said.

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