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CUL CEO Andrea Zopp




Chicago Urban League (CUL) Respond to CTA Hiring Program Being Cancelled

Special Correspondent: Andrea Zopp
“We are extremely disappointed to learn that, because of oppositionfrom the Amalgamated Transit Union, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will soon end its’ successful ‘Apprenticeship Program’ that gives former offenders work experience.”
The program, which has run since 2007, has provided a critically needed pathway to financial security and positive community re-enforcement for numerous individuals.
Union Local 308 President, Robert Kelly” has provided no reasoning for his insistence on ending the program and the Chicago Urban League believes it is a true tragedy that in the midst of the holiday season, a program that has a life-changing impact on former offenders will end, sending 65 people immediately to unemployment.
“Each day the Chicago Urban League opens our doors to men and women who have had direct contact with the criminal justice system.”
These are people who have committed a crime, paid their debt to society and are now willing and ready to make an honest living.
Yet many of them find that most doors of opportunity are slammed shut in their faces.
“We believe that the “CTA Apprenticeship Program” for former offenders is a very important job opportunity vehicle and recognize that this program has been an economic and employment success for the participants and the CTA.
We URGE President Kelly and the Amalgamated Transit Union to sit down with the CTA and negotiate an arrangement toKEEPthis pathway to opportunity open and operating.”
For additional information, contact: Roderick K. Hawkins, Vice President of External Affairs    
Chicago Urban League – Main Office 
4510 South Michigan Ave.                                                                                                    Chicago, IL 60653                                                                                                                   Phone: (773)-285-5800                                                                                                             Fax: (773)-285-7772


Chicago Urban League – Englewood Office
845 West 69th Street                                                                                                                Chicago, IL 60621                                                                                                                    Phone: (773)-602-3000
Fax: (773)-371-0339                                                                                                             
Facebook:The Chicago Urban League
ACTION!!!………..Please, Contact These Elected Officials Who Provide OUR PUBLICTAXPAYER FUNDS $$$ For Operation Of “ALL” Public Transportation In The City ofChicago And The Entire State of Illinois To “KEEP” The‘Apprenticeship Program.’

City of Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Alderman, Cook County Commissioners, State ofIllinois Governor, Senators and Representatives……ASAP!

Terry Peterson, Chairman – Chicago Transit Board (CTB)
Chicago Transit Board Headquarters
567 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312)-681-5022
Fax: (312)-681-5035
Secretary Email:

CTB Monthly Public Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted)                

Chicago Transit Board (CTB) Committees Open Public Meetings                                                   2nd Floor Boardroom (NO Public Speaking)                                                        TOMORROW:Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Forrest Claypool, President – Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Chicago Transit Authority Headquarters
567 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312)-681-5000

Secretary Email:
CTA Monthly Public Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted)
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Open Public Meeting


2nd Floor Boardroom (Sign Up For Public Speaking @ 8:00 AM-10:00 AM)                                       TOMORROW:Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

What is the CTA Apprenticeship Program?
The CTA Apprenticeship Program is a second chance initiative offered in conjunction with the City of Chicago and social service agencies throughout the city. Working closely with the Department of Family and Support Services, hard-to-place individuals are given an opportunity to obtain full-time employment and training which may enable a start of a long-term, meaningful career.Apprenticeship Program Hotline: (312)-681-2293
John S. Gates, Jr., Chairman – Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)


Joseph G. Costello, Executive Director
Regional Transit Authority Headquarters
175 West Jackson Blvd., Suite #1550
Chicago, IL 60604
Susan Massel, Director of Communications and Public Affairs


Comment Request Form:
RTA Committees Monthly Public Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) 
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board Committees Open Public Meetings                                        Suite #1650 (Must Fill Out A Public Comment Form In Advance)
Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 8:30 AM
RTA Board Monthly Public Meeting: 3rd Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) 
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Directors Open Public Meeting
Suite #1650 (Must Fill Out A Public Comment Form In Advance)                                                       Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
The RTA was established in 1974 to oversee local transportation operators in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. Illinois state law requires the three RTA service boards – CTA, Metra (the suburban rail system), and Pace (the suburban bus system) to recover collectively at least 50 percent of operating costs from farebox and other system revenues. The RTA provides public funding for the agencies’ remaining operating expenses.


Robert Kelly, President ATU Local 308 – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) – AFL-CIO/CLC

ATU Local 308 was certified with the Amalgamated Transit Union as the Amalgamated Association Street Railway Employees of America, December 1, 1902.
205 West Wacker Drive, Suite #700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312)-782-4665
Fax: (312)-782-5382



Constitution Of The State Of Illinois – Article I – Bill Of Rights
[Section 11. Limitation Of Penalties After Conviction…”All penalties shall be determined both according to the seriousness of the offense and with the objective of restoring the offender to useful citizenship. No conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate. No person shall be transported out of the State for an offense committed within the State.”]
[Section 20. Individual Dignity…”To promote individual dignity, communications, that portray criminality, depravity or lack of virtue in, or that incite violence, hatred, abuse or hostility toward, a person or group of persons by reason of or by reference to religious, racial, ethnic, national or regional affiliation are condemned.”]cta

[Section 23. Fundamental Principles…”A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principals of civil government is necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty. These blessings cannot endure unless the people recognize their corresponding individual obligations and responsibilities.”]

[Section 24. Rights Retained…”The enumeration in this Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the individual citizens of the State.”]

Constitution Of The State Of Illinois – Article III – Suffrage and Elections

[Section 2. Voting Disqualifications…”A person convicted of a felony, or otherwise under sentence in a correctional institution or jail, shall lose the right to vote, which right shall be restored not late than upon completion of his sentence.”]


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