CTA bus drivers, train operators demand more protection amid increase in violent attacks
March shut down downtown Michigan Ave. for few hours
Saturday, December 11, 2021 9:28PM
CTA workers rallied in Chicago's Loop Saturday calling attention to what they is an increase in violence against bus and train operators.
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Michigan Avenue was shut down for a few hours Saturday as CTA workers looked to bring awareness about the violence they say they experience on their jobs nearly every day.
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"I was robbed at gunpoint on my lunch," said driver Cordell Daniels.
"I've had to have counseling. I'm afraid to come to work," said driver Marian Lumpkin.
The afternoon rally was organized by the unions representing Chicago Transit Authority and comes a day after the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, which represents bus drivers, agreed to partner with a local activist to provide security guards along certain route hot spots.
"We're tired. Our members are tired of coming to work and not feeling like they are safe," said Eric Dixon, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 president.
With the support of several other local labor unions, the group marched from City Hall to Millennium Park where they blocked traffic at Washington and Michigan for about 20 minutes.
That's the area where a CTA driver was shot in September and another stabbed in November.
Just last Saturday, a bus operator was physically attacked by an unruly group of mostly teens who were arrested.