On January 24th, the Union made it clear to the Company that if the MTA Board does not take action on our contract at the February 26th Board Meeting the Union would file for an impasse. Since that time, we have spoken to officials from the Mayor’s office, the MTA’s Director of Labor Relations, and distributed letters to the MTA Chairman/CEO, Tom Prendergast, and all of the MTA Board members urging them to take action on our contract.
Unfortunately, the Board decided not to take any action on our contract at that Board meeting. The MTA is continuing to use their misguided and discredited “net zero” bargaining strategy as an excuse for not being able to take any action on our contract. The blame for the continuation of this failed strategy rests solely on Governor Cuomo. He is determined to extract the same merciless concessions from the employees of the MTA that he was able to extract from the CSEA and PEF unions. Those concessions included, three years of zero wage increases and dramatic increases in their healthcare contributions.
We will continue to try and convince the MTA Board to take action on our contract throughout the impasse proceedings. We would prefer a negotiated settlement, but we cannot and will not wait any longer for that to happen.
****** UPDATE March 7th *****
We met with the Company on Thursday, March 6th, to discuss the scope of our impasse filing. We were seeking to limit the scope of our filing by stipulating to agreements on many of the non-economic issues that we had reached agreement on in our negotiations. They told us that at this time they are unable to make agreements on anything. We informed them that we will be seeking full parity with the OA/TA Supervisors in our impasse filing. Our attorney is currently working on the filing and it should be ready to be filed by the middle of next week. Once we file we will post it on the website.
We are planning a Rally at the MTA Headquarters on Wednesday, March 26, to voice our disappointment in the MTA Board for failing to support the MTA Bus Supervisors in our contract negotiations.
Let's all stand up and be heard!
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