PERB has confirmed the following MSII Election schedule:
Posting of Notice: By August 25, 2015, the Employer shall post the Notice of Election with Sample Ballots.
Mail Out: On September 2, 2015, PERB shall mail ballots to eligible unit employees together with pre-addressed return envelope.
Call-in: The "call-in" date is September 10, 2015, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Only on that date may eligible employees who have not received a ballot call PERB at the designed "800" number request a ballot.
Return Date: All ballots must be received at PERB's Latham, NY post office box by 1:00 p.m. on September 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Election/Ballot Count: The election/tally of ballots shall be conducted at PERB's Brooklyn Office on October 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Date: August 14, 2015
To: All MSIIs in Maintenance of Way
Re.: Representation Election
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Our decision to organize the MSIIs came only after many hours of internal discussions with our Local Officers, lawyers, and MSII representatives. We all needed to be confident that if we did gain recognition for the MSIIs we would then be able to successfully negotiate a fair and just contract for them. Based on our knowledge, experience, and proven track record of success we concluded that we are the only Supervisors’ Union that would be able to achieve this for the MSIIs. We are also the only Supervisors’ Union that currently represents Level II Supervisors and have successfully negotiated numerous labor agreements for them.
As an Officer of the Union for the past 18 years, I have negotiated or arbitrated dozens 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 improvements in wages and benefits for our members without any givebacks. This was accomplished not by accident but through our planning, hard work, experience, and taking advantage of the relationships that we have built with management over the years. Our experience of having already negotiated many of the improvements we are seeking in the MSII contract will be a significant advantage for us in negotiations. In addition to our track record in settling contracts, we also have vast experience in administering the contracts that we negotiate. That includes protecting our members' 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 making this job better for our members and their families.
Thank you for considering having Transport Workers Union Local 106 - Transit Supervisors Organization become 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 for you and your family.