SEIU* Local-73, which represents the 71 traffic control aides the city laid off two weeks ago, will meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a to-be-determined time about the lost jobs. “We met with them last night and they said they were going to talk with us,” said Local-73 Secretary-Treasurer Matt Brandon.
Brandon related the news at the end of the mayor’s second and final scheduled town hall meeting regarding the city’s $635 million budget deficit. The town hall was held Wednesday night at Malcolm X Community College on the near West Side and consisted of the mayor answering mostly pre-screened questions to a gymnasium-sized audience.
Emanuel used the occasion to strike blows against the “dishonest” budget policies of 22-year Mayor Richard Daley, without ever mentioning his predecessor by name.
But it was Emanuel’s own early policies regarding traffic workers and teachers that provided the most dramatic moments.
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