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MSII Representation Elections

Updated on August 1, 2015

At yesterday's PERB conference the parties agree to the terms of a Representation Election for the MSIIs.  The tentative dates for the election are as follows:

September 2nd - the ballots will be mailed out

September 10th - call-in date for MSII who haven't received a ballot

September 29th - deadline for ballots to be returned

October 7th - Ballot count

Transport Workers Union Local 106

Transit Supervisors Organization

is your only real choice in the MSII Representation Election.

It is unconscionable that the Authority “promotes” you to an MSII and then takes away some of the benefits that you had when you were an MSI just because you are now non-represented.  We believe the MSIIs are entitled to at least all the pay and benefits of the employees they supervise, including:

  • Negotiated wage increases and retroactivity
  • Full night differential
  • Longevity payments
  • Maintenance Bonus – currently $600
  • Meal Allowances
  • Option of banking/cashing out OTO time
  • Increase in AVA Bank
  • Birthday as a Holidays
  • Increase in the OT Cap
  • Additional Sick Leave
  • Improved Sick Leave Cash Out benefit
  • Increase in Life/Accidental Death Insurance Benefit
  • Commuter Railroad Pass
  • Medical Contribution
  • Increase in Medical Opt-out bonus

Over the past five years, we have negotiated or arbitrated eleven collective bargaining agreements, including a historic initial contract for the MTA Bus Supervisors that included raises of over 43% and over 100k in retroactive payments to many of our members.  In all of these agreements, we were able to make a number of improve in wages and benefits for our members without any give backs. This was accomplished not by accident, but through our planning, hard work, experience, and the relationships that we have built with management over the years.  In addition to our track record in settling contract we also have vast experience in administering the contracts that we negotiate.  That includes protecting our member’s contractual rights, filing grievances, and representing our members in disciplinary actions. Our arbitration success rate is second to none in the Authority.

The Transit Supervisors Organization was established in 1954, making us the oldest and most experienced Supervisors Organization on the property.  In 1997 we affiliated with the Transport Workers Union International and became Transport Workers Union Local 106 - Transit Supervisors Organization.  Our affiliation with the International Union has given us access to a wealth of resources that independent unions just don’t have.  Throughout our proud and distinguished history, we have continuously fought for our members’ rights and dignity and have been the leader in negotiating pay and benefit improvements for all supervisors.  Our record clearly demonstrates our dedication and determination to make this job better for our members and their families. 

Thank you for considering having Transport Workers Union Local 106 - Transit Supervisors Organization becoming your bargaining representative and we hope you take the time to vote in the upcoming representation election because having experienced union officers at the bargaining table will make the difference in achieving a fair, just and equitable contract.


Vincent Modafferi


OA/TA Discipline Reduction Program

As part of our 2013 - 2018 collective bargaining agreement, the Union negotiated a Discipline Reduction Program for members who have reprimands and/or warnings on their official records for violations committed prior to January 1, 2015. 

Discipline and Grievance

a)  Reprimands and warnings will be removed from a Supervisor’s discipline record for discipline imposed prior to January 1, 2015 if there was no subsequent discipline initiated within twenty-four (24) months of the warning or reprimand being imposed.

Member should check their DAN History through the BSC Self Service Portal.  If you believe you qualify for the discipline reduction program, please contact your Unit Chairperson.

2013 - 2018 MTA Bus Contract

The Union will begin contract negotiations with the Company on January 28th. The union is fully committed to obtaining wage and benefits parity with supervisors in the OA and TA.

Career and Salary Contract Agreement

I am happy to announce that the tentative agreement on the 2009-2017 Career and Salary Contract was ratified by the members on Friday, March 20th.

The contract will now go to the  March 25th MTA Board meeting for final approval.  When approved we will post more information regarding the implementation of the agreement.

  • RWA for Active and In-Active employees will be paid on June 18th on a separate pay check
  • All RWA deferrals must be done through the BSC Self Service Portal

RWA pay details will be available on the self service portal and will be posted the week of the RWA payments.

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Lawmakers’ Pension Overhaul


MAY 8, 2015 - Published by the NY Times

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday rejected changes that legislators made to fix a deeply troubled public pension system, leaving the state where it had started — with a significant budget crisis, a vastly underfunded pension program and no plan in sight.

All seven members of the state’s highest court found that a pension overhaul lawmakers had agreed to almost a year and a half ago violated the Illinois Constitution. The changes would have curtailed future cost-of-living adjustments for workers, raised the age of retirement for some and put a cap on pensions for those with the highest salaries. But under the state Constitution, benefits promised as part of a pension system for public workers “shall not be diminished or impaired.”

“Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law,” Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier wrote in an opinion. “It is a summons to defend it.”

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