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MTA Bus Impasse and Pension Arbitration Award

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On March 16, 2017, as directed by the Director of Conciliation, the parties met and conferred. The Company submitted to us a supplemental proposal that, rather than bringing the parties closer together, put us further apart.

 We discussed the two items that the Company had indicated would be potentially fruitful avenues in our contract negotiations: a wage progression proposal and the issuance of an Arbitration Award subsequent to the filing of the petition that, in the words of MTA Bus’ counsel, “creates the possibility of further meaningful negotiation . . .” At the meeting the Company made a wage progression proposal that lengthened the time period to top rate - a benefit to the employer. The Company’s proposal on the pension was identical to the position taken by them prior to the issuance of the Award. Despite the “possibility of meaningful negotiation”, the Company made no new proposal on the pension benefit.

 We again stated our position that there is a fundamental gulf between the parties that requires resolution and no further bargaining will bridge that divide. Supervisors at MTA Bus are paid far less than their counterparts in NYCT/MaBSTOA.  We believe our members are entitled to wage and benefits parity with identically situated Supervisors throughout the New York City Transit system (many of whom we represent). And we will not settle a contract that provides for a pension benefit for its members that is inferior to the pension benefit enjoyed by the hourly employees they supervise.

At the end of the meeting we reemphasized our belief that the parties are at an impasse and that we would contact the Director of Conciliation informing him that we met with the Company and had made no further progress in resolving our impasse.  We will also ask him to act as quickly as possible to engage the impasse proceedings.


We recently received a letter from the Director of Conciliation stating that, although he deems an impasse to exist, he suggests "the parties should at least attempt further negotiations..."  We will contact the Company and schedule a meeting as soon as possible.  Although, we are not hopeful that further negotiations will  result in a contract, we will compile with the Directors request and continue to negotiate in good faith.


After months of negotiations with the Company, on Friday, November 4th the Union had reached the conclusion that our bargaining for a successor agreement to the 2013 contract had reached an impasse.  On November 10th the Union filed a Declaration of Impasse with PERB.  We are now waiting for the Director of Conciliations to assign a mediator to the case and for them to schedule a mediation date.

As everyone probably knows by now, a decision on the Local 100 pension interest arbitration was issued on November 17th.  Part of our demands in the impasse filing was that our pension improvement would not be less than that of Local 100.  We believe that the arbitration award supports our argument that the multiplier for the supervisors should be high than that of the hourly’s because 1) our range of salaries are very narrow and increasing of the multiplier will not create a windfall for lower salaried employees like it would have in Local 100 and 2) we make more money than Local 100 members.

We will regularly update this page as additional dates and information becomes available.

Thanks and I wish everyone a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

Vinny

Two Dispatchers are Assaulted in the Bronx

Within the past month two  of our Dispatchers in the Bronx have been assaulted while on their foot posts performing their duties.  Both were taken to the hospital as a result of their injuries and were treated and released.  The Union is currently working with the Authority and law enforcement to identify and bring to justice their attackers.  However, if they are apprehended, these criminals at most will face misdemeanor charges.  We believe assaulting a supervisor while performing his or her duties is a very serious offense and should be treated as such.  To address this, we are partnering with the Subway Surface Supervisors Association (SSSA) to introduce legislation that would make assaulting a supervisor while performing their duties a felony.

Financial Disclosure Filing (JCOPE) for TA Line Supervisors

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We were recently notified by JCOPE that the Maintenance Supervisor (Surface) Level I will be EXEMPT from filing Financial Disclosure Statements.  We are working with the Authority on determining and filing for exemptions for the MSII titles that we believe should be exempt from filing based on their job duties.


If you have received a letter from NEW YORK STATE JOINT COMMISSION ON PUBLIC ETHICS directing you to file a financial disclosure application, you should file an individual exemption application.  The Union has recently filed with the the NYS Joint Commission of Public Ethics a Union exemption application.  We are currently awaiting their response to our application, but believe based on the job duties of this title we should be exempt from filing.

You should send a copy of the application to:

Paige Graves
General Counsel
2 Broadway, Room D30.13
New York, NY 10004

Constitution and By-laws Revisions Ratified

We are happy to report that the revisions to the Constitution and By-laws have been unanimously ratified by the members. We would like to thank everyone who attended one the of meetings and voted.  We will now have copies of the revised Constitution and By-laws printed and mailed to every member in good standing.

Governor Cuomo Signs - Veteran’s Equality Act

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The OA Pension Plan has adopted the provisions of the Veteran's Equality Act.  OA veteran's can now apply for up to three years of service credit.

Veteran's who retired between May 31, 2016 and July 27, 2016, you may also be eligible to purchase prior
military service.


Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Veteran’s Equality Act (Larkin/Paulin) into law. Now, all New York State military veterans – regardless of where they served – will be able to buy back three years of pension credit in public retirement systems.

Legislation passed in 2000 allowed such buy-backs only for service during certain conflicts like WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. Iraq was covered, yet Afghanistan, Kosovo, and certain other conflicts were not. And the legislation left out women veterans who were barred from combat zones.

He would like to thank Senator Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) and Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Dyker Heights) for their unwavering support of this important legislation.

Under the new bill veterans can now obtain pension credit for your military service provided that:

-You were honorably discharged from the military;

-You file for the pension while you are an active member of the pension system

-You have at least 5 or more years of public service credit

-The total military service, wartime and otherwise that you may purchase is 3 years

Aetna Wins Contract to Administer Local 100 Medical Benefits

Beginning on January 1, 2017, Aetna will be responsible for administering all the TWU Local 100/ATU medical plans. There will be NO change to your LEVEL of medical benefits under the new plans and will not affect your current prescription, optical and dental plans.

THIS CHANGE WILL ONLY AFFECT CURRENT SUPERVISORS WHO HAVE NOT YET MET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR NYSHIP MEDICAL BENEFITS.

Some members may see their current in-network doctor go out of network under the new plans. Any member facing such a disruption will be notified by letter.  This will give you the opportunity to research replacement providers or consider switching plans PPO to EPO or vice versa.   For members whose providers are currently out of network, under the new plans there are now several thousand doctors who were out of network under the current plans who will now be in-network under the new plans.  Aetna has also made a commitment to recruit out of network providers into their current networks.  Transitional arrangements will be made for members in special circumstances; for example, pregnant women and members undergoing chemotherapy.

This year's Open Enrollment period will run from October 15th through December 5th.  Open Enrollment packs will be mailed out shortly.  Open Enrollment informational meetings will be held at locations throughout the system starting on October 11th.

Members who do not receive their Open Enrollment pack by October 15 should contact the BSC at that time.  If you do not want to change your current type of coverage PPO (Empire) or EPO (UHC) you do not need to file anything during Open Enrollment, unless you want to add a dependent, you will be enrolled in the equivalent Aetna plan.  We advise everyone to check and see if their current providers are in the new Aetna plans.

We are working with the Authority to ensure as little disruption to our members as possible during this transitions period.

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