A deal has been reached between the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the union representing the transit agency's workers to reinstate a program that helps ex-offenders get jobs.
The program expired on December 31, but will now be back in effect with the original number of 65 CTA rail-car servicer apprenticeships. Those who are selected as apprentices clean and detail rail cars in an attempt to get work experience and boost their resumes as they adjust to life outside of prison.The program will be reinstated following a deal made between the CTA and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308.
CTA President Forrest Claypool told the Chicago Sun-Times he is “pleased to work with ATU Local 308 to bring back a program that has helped literally hundreds of people in need.”
“This program provides benefits to our transit customers by supplementing the cleaning work of our permanent crews, but also provides a great benefit to our society,” Claypool continued.