A - I n f o s
a multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists **

News in all languages
Last 40 posts (Homepage) Last two weeks' posts

The last 100 posts, according to language
Castellano_ Deutsch_ Nederlands_ English_ Français_ Italiano_ Polski_ Português_ Russkyi_ Suomi_ Svenska_ Türkçe_ The.Supplement
First few lines of all posts of last 24 hours || of past 30 days | of 2002 | of 2003 | of 2004

Syndication Of A-Infos - including RDF | How to Syndicate A-Infos
Subscribe to the a-infos newsgroups
{Info on A-Infos}

(en) US, Chicago, DECEMBER 15TH: FARE STRIKE! Riders Don't Pay! Workers Don't Collect!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 15 Dec 2004 14:23:15 +0100 (CET)


________________________________________________
A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E
News about and of interest to anarchists
http://ainfos.ca/ http://ainfos.ca/index24.html
________________________________________________

The CTA [Chicago Transit Authority] has slated January 2nd 2005 as Doomsday.
This is the day services are to be cut by 20%, 1250 jobs are to be terminated
and paratransit fares will be increased by 100%. While CTA officials claim the
only solution would be extra money from the state, we have been holding CTA president
Frank Kruesi and his board responsible. It is the CTA who has known this
crisis was coming and has made the decision to dump it on the backs of
workers and riders. They are the ones who ignored it as they built their
new $119 million Lake Street office. It is also Kruesi and his buddy mayor
Daley who are still talking about spending almost 2 billion dollars on a
new Circle line, just so rich folks can get from their neighborhoods to
the airport a little bit quicker. If there is money for such luxury, there
is no excuse for cutting our service, terminating our jobs and raising our
fares!

In response, Midwest Unrest has called for a fare strike starting December
15th. If no final decision to scrap these cuts, job terminations and fare
increases has been announced by then, we are calling on all CTA riders to
ride their routes like they do everyday but without paying. The CTA
depends on us paying and collecting fares. This is where our power to
pressure them lies. This tactic has been successful before, in San
Francisco, Italy, France and elsewhere. In Chicago, there is widespread
support for a fare strike among bus operators, many of whom have already
received pink slips. They've said time and again, "It's not our job to
collect the fares."

So starting December 15th, politely state that you are on fare strike when
you board your buses and take your seat without paying. Until then start
spreading the word. Talk to your bus operators and other riders. Download
flyers from our website and pass them out. Together we can make this a
success!

Here's how to get involved:
*****Don't pay or collect for transit starting December 15th. And keep
riding and driving for free until all service cuts, job terminations and
fare increases are reversed.
*****Tell everyone you know about the fare strike. Forward this email.
*****Poster your neighborhood, and pass out flyers while you're on the bus
or the "L". You can print them out from our website. If you don't have
access to a printer of photocopier, get in touch with us and we'll get you
some flyers and posters.
*****If you have access to a photocopier (or happen to have money you
could donate to make photocopies) that would be great. We are always
looking for more photocopies.
*****Take initiative. If you have an idea about how to make the fare
strike more successful, don't wait to tell us about it. Go out and do it
yourself. But do let us know about it, we are always open to new ideas.

midwest_unrest@riseup.net
http://www.midwestunrest.net/farestrike/

From: ...
Subject: Rally At the CTA Board Meeting: December 16th
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:09:25 -0600
To: undisclosed-recipients:;


SERVICE CUTS? FARE INCREASES? JOB TERMINATIONS? FIGHT BACK!

****Thursday December 16th 2004
****12 noon
****CTA headquarters: 567 W. Lake Street

The CTA has already passed a 100% fare increase for paratransit riders. This
coming Thursday, at their monthly board meeting, they are expected to pass
their "Doomsday" budget, including a 20% cut to services and the termination
of over 1000 jobs, effective January 2nd 2005. While CTA officials have
claimed this crisis could only be avoided with extra money coming in from
the
state legislator, we have been holding CTA president Frank Kruesi and his
board responsible. It is the CTA who has known this crisis was coming and
has
made the decision to dump it on the backs of workers and riders. They are
the
ones who ignored it as they built their new $119 million Lake Street office.
It is also Kruesi and his buddy mayor Daley who are still talking about
spending almost 2 billion dollars on a new Circle line, just so rich folks
can
get from their neighborhoods to the airport a little bit quicker. If there
is
money for such luxury, there is no excuse for cutting our service,
terminating
our jobs and raising our fares!

In response, Midwest Unrest has called for a fare strike starting December
15th. And December 16th, we are inviting angry riders and workers to a rally
outside the the CTA's fancy new headquarters, one hour before heading into
the
1 p.m. board meeting. So catch a bus on the 16th, politely state that you're
on fare strike and refusing to pay, and come on down to let the CTA hear
loud
and clear that we will not be the ones paying for their crisis!
See also:
http://www.midwestunrest.net/farestrike
========================================
* About Midwest Unrest

Midwest Unrest is autonomous, decentralized and nonhierarchical.
We object to capitalism. We reject any system that sees human
beings as greenbacks, the environment as a resource, and culture
as a product that can be bought and sold. We oppose all forms of
oppression and discrimination. We respect people's differences
and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples.

Midwest Unrest is a Chicago-based collective which formed in the
summer of 2003 for the purpose of attending the FTAA in Miami.
Since then, we have continued to organize for revolutionary social
change and the promotion of anarchist ideals.

Contact: midwest_unrest (at) riseup (dot) net


*******
********
****** The A-Infos News Service ******
News about and of interest to anarchists
******
INFO: http://ainfos.ca/org http://ainfos.ca/org/faq.html
HELP: a-infos-org@ainfos.ca
SUBSCRIPTION: send mail to lists@ainfos.ca with command in
body of mail "subscribe (or unsubscribe) listname your@address".

Options for all lists at http://www.ainfos.ca/options.html


A-Infos Information Center