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MTA Bus Interest Arbitration

I would like to thank everyone who attended the meetings yesterday.

We hope that the meetings help clear up any confusion that you may have had regarding the Interest Arbitration.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your Unit Chair.

We will post and disseminate additional information as it becomes available.


Vincent Modafferi

As of today, the arbitrator has still given us NO indication as to when an award will be issued.

We are disappointed but not entirely surprised at the delay.  This has been a very unique and complicated arbitration, especially the pension issues.  For better or worse, we are pretty sure the arbitrator will be looking at the Local 100 and recent ATU 1179 & 1181 pension settlements for direction and guidance on this issue in our award.  We all knew from the beginning that this was going to be a very long and drawn out process.  We are now at the end of that process and ask everyone to remain patient.  As soon as we have any additional information, we will post it to the website.

Hearings and witness testimony were completed yesterday.

 The Union presented witness testimony and exhibits that clearly demonstrated our argument and case that the MTA Bus supervisors are doing the same job, working for the same employer, and in many cases the same locations as the OA and TA supervisors, but are being paid less.


We also presented testimony and exhibits demonstrating to the panel that to achieve a comparable wage replacement rate (pension) for the supervisors, as provided for in the MTA Bus Local 100 pension award, the multiplier would have to be significantly higher than the $130 awarded to the hourly employees.


The Company did not have any questions for or cross examined any of our witnesses, nor did they dispute our claim that the MTA Bus supervisors are performing the same duties as the OA & TA supervisors.   Their case is based solely on the principle of pattern bargaining and how it has been historically applied to all the Unions under the MTA umbrella.  They also argued that the pension improvements in the Edelman Award were paid for by Local 100.


At the conclusion of the hearing, Arbitrator Wittenberg decided to leave the “record open” for thirty days to give both sides the opportunity to review the testimony and exhibits.  Closing briefs are due on June 8, 2018, at which time we will ask the Arbitrator the issue a decision as soon as possible.


As I have said along, we face an uphill battle attempting to overcome the pattern bargaining argument.  However, we believe the situation in MTA Bus is so unique and beyond any sense of fairness that if any case is going to “break” the pattern it would be this case at this time.  We remain optimistic that we will be able to make progress towards closing the gap on the pay inequities between MTA Bus and the OA/TA.

TSO Gets Shorts Approved and Upgrades to the Dispatcher Uniform!

After becoming aware that the operator unions had a contractual agreement with management discuss changes to their uniforms we meet with management to discuss changes to the Dispatcher uniform.  Through these negotiations, we able to achieve several changes to the current uniforms that will significantly improve their quality, performance and functionality.  We believe the most significant change to the uniform is that after years of patience and persistence were able to get the Authority to agree to allow the Dispatchers to wear shorts as part of their uniform.

All of these changes were supposed to go into effect in conjunction with the re-bidding of the current VF Solutions contract that was scheduled to expire in July.  Unfortunately, the Authority recently extended the contract until November 2019.  We are working with management to try and implement pieces of the uniform upgrade, before the expiration of the current contract, like the Polo shirts that are currently being distributed.

As for the shorts, management believes they will be able to have the dispatcher shorts available through VF Solution by the end of the year.  However, that doesn’t help us out for this summer.  In the interim, we have asked the Authority if they could source a model and vendor for our members to purchase “official” dispatcher shorts as a part of the summer uniform.  They have identified Aramark as the vendor and the below options.

Only the following styles have been approved for purchase:

Male     #DEF – 20255 (Navy Blue)

            #DEF - 20259 – Cargo Style (Navy Blue)

Female #DEF – 20261 (Navy Blue)

            #DEF – 2541 – Cargo Style (Navy Blue)

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award


On February 15, 2018 the New York State Court of Appeals denied the SSSA appeal to hear the MCH case.  With that, the legal process for them to try an overturn the MCH Arbitration Award is over.  The Arbitration Award stands and eventually the OA will absorb all of these positions. 

Today we received the Decision and Order from the Appellate Division regarding the SSSA"s appeal of the Mother Clara Hale Interest Arbitration.  The Court again denied their petition to vacate the arbitration award.   We hope that the SSSA will come to the conclusion that the award will stand and it would be futile to continue to appeal this decision.

MSII Contract Ratified

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Contract Implementation

General Wage Increases (GWI): will go into effect on October 1st and will be paid on the paycheck of 10/19.

Retro-Active Wage Adjustments (RWA): will be paid in a separate paycheck on November 16th.  Members will have the option of deferring all or a portion of their RWA thorough the self service portal.  To maximize your deferral options we recommend that members open up both a 457 and 401(k) deferral plans.

Commuter pass: Commuter pass applications are now available for all of the represented MSII's.  For further information you can download the FAQs.

Half Day Usage: We are still working with Labor Relation on this implementation item and as soon as this is resolved we will let everyone know.

I am please to announce that today the tentative MSII contract has been ratified by the members. We hope to have a signed agreement within the next week.  Once the agreement is signed by the parties we will post on the website along with a schedule of implementation dates.  I would like to thank everyone who voted and to all the members for their support and patience.

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