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MTA Bus Contract

*** UPDATE AUGUST 15, 2014 ***

Yesterday, the MTA informed us that they are still in discussions with the City over our MTA Bus Contract.   In response to this, I have written a letter to the mediator requesting that she reconvene the parties to either execute a contract or declare an impasse and move forward with the statutory arbitration proceedings.  As soon as the mediator schedules a date we will let everyone know.

Despite our best efforts, we will not be able to get a signed agreement to our members in time for the July Board meeting.  However, we have made significant progress in obtaining the approvals and commitments needed to execute a final agreement.  In response to our letter to the mediator, the MTA has requested an additional 30 day extension to finalize the contract.  As of yet, the mediator has not responded to their request.

Both parties have done everything within their control to get the final signoffs on this agreement, but as we all know, since the City back funds the MTA Bus operations we need their approval as well.  Thus far, the MTA has received positive feedback from both the City and the Board members, and has reassured us they remain fully committed to resolving this contract as soon as possible. 

Once we have a signed agreement, we will make the full contract available to the members.  We will then schedule information meeting(s) to fully explain the contract followed by a mail ballot ratification vote.  If the contract is ratified, we will begin meeting with the Company to discuss and prepare for the implementation of this agreement.

On Friday, May 16, the Company and Union met before Kim D. Moore-Ward, the mediator designated by PERB, to hear our contract impasse.  After meeting with both sides separately, the mediator issued her recommendations in the dispute.  The Company argued that if TWU Local 100 ratifies their agreement on May 19th this will drastically change the negotiating landscape.  We pointed out that the contract impasse we filed was for the previous rounds of negotiation, so Local 100's current contract should have nothing to do with our impasse and that we see this as another delay tactic by the Company,  We insisted that if the mediator orders us back to the table there should be strict time limits imposed on the Company to reach an agreement on the contract.  With that, the mediator recommended that the parties report back to her in thirty days to update her on our progress in reaching an agreement.  If the parties are making progress, she will allow an additional thirty days for us to reach an agreement.  If at any time during the additional thirty day period we believe we are not going to reach an agreement on the contract, we will contact the mediator and insist that mediation be reconvened immediately.

Local 100 did ratify their agreement earlier today, and we are now in the process of scheduling meetings with the Company.  I would also like to have a Unit meeting within the next few weeks to update everyone on our progress.

Maximum Award To Mechanic’s Survivors Due to Diesel Fumes

By SARAH DORSEY | Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 5:15 pm

A former Bus Mechanic’s death from lung cancer was deemed by a Judge to be related to his 28 years working amid heavy diesel fumes in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority garage, in what his widow’s attorneys believe is the first legal case to establish a link between occupational exposure to diesel emissions and cancer.

SSII Retroactive Wage Adjustment Info

The BSC has confirmed that the Retroactive Wage Adjustment (RWA) data will available to the members through the BSC portal.  Every member will be able to view and download a complete breakdown of their retroactive wage adjustments through the BSC portal.  As soon as the RWA data becomes available we will post a notice on our website.

  • RWA deferral forms will be mailed to the members on July 24th
  • Members will be able to defer up to 80% of their RWA
  • Due to the delay in mailing out the forms, they are now due back at the BSC by August 15th
  • The wages increases will be in the August 14th Pay Check
  • A Separate Retroactive Payment Check will be issued on September 11th.

CLICK HERE to go to the BSC Self-Service Home page

CLICK HERE for Info to Access and Download Data on the BSC Self-Service Portal

CLICK HERE for info on Signing in to the BSC Self-Service Portal for the First Time

If you have any questions regarding the RWA payments or need information on accessing your data, please contact the Union office.

Retroactive Payment Work Sheet

We have created an excel work sheet for the members to calculate their retroactive payment.  This will help the members decide what percentage, if any they would like to defer. To calculate your payment,  you need to input the hours you worked during each pay raise period.  This can be done by adding up the hours on your pay checks or by checking your time cards.

We are working with the BSC to have a complete break down of each members retroactive payment available to them by the time the retroactive payments are made.

Click HERE to open SSII Retroactive Work Sheet.

Legislators Right A Wrong, Let Left-Out Vets Buy Back Time

By SARAH DORSEY | Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 5:30 pm

NOT VETERAN ENOUGH FOR PENSION BUYBACK? Robert Browne, now a Long Island Public School Teacher, sits on a bunker at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a tour in 2004. Though he has 28 years’ combined active and reserve experience in the U.S. Army, he was denied the chance to buy three years of pension credits because his service abroad during the Cold War and in Afghanistan didn’t quality under state law. For two years, he has advocated for all veterans to be granted the benefit.

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