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MSII Contract Ratified

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Contract Implementation

General Wage Increases (GWI): will go into effect on October 1st and will be paid on the paycheck of 10/19.

Retro-Active Wage Adjustments (RWA): will be paid in a separate paycheck on November 16th.  Members will have the option of deferring all or a portion of their RWA thorough the self service portal.  To maximize your deferral options we recommend that members open up both a 457 and 401(k) deferral plans.

Commuter pass: Commuter pass applications are now available for all of the represented MSII's.  For further information you can download the FAQs.

Half Day Usage: We are still working with Labor Relation on this implementation item and as soon as this is resolved we will let everyone know.


I am please to announce that today the tentative MSII contract has been ratified by the members. We hope to have a signed agreement within the next week.  Once the agreement is signed by the parties we will post on the website along with a schedule of implementation dates.  I would like to thank everyone who voted and to all the members for their support and patience.

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award

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Today we received the Decision and Order from the Appellate Division regarding the SSSA"s appeal of the Mother Clara Hale Interest Arbitration.  The Court again denied their petition to vacate the arbitration award.   We hope that the SSSA will come to the conclusion that the award will stand and it would be futile to continue to appeal this decision.


On March 2, 2015, the SSSA filed a petition in the Supreme Court of New York to vacate the Mother Clara Hale Arbitration Award.  Today, Supreme Court Justice, Debra Silber denied their petition to vacate the award.


On December 17th the parties appeared before the Arbitrator to clarify and discuss issues that were not addressed in the original arbitration award.  If there was any doubt in the original award that MCH depot is an OA depot the supplemental award CONFIRMS that MCH is an OA DEPOT!


This decision is a historic victory for our Union because the award confirms our position that with the closing of 126th Street Depot all of the supervisory work in Manhattan should become TSO represented work.  The decision also recognized the concerns raised by the SSSA in that displacing long-term employees will negatively impacted those employees by not allowing them to continue to work in Manhattan.

The outcome of this award is dramatically different from where we began in this dispute.  Initially, the Authority took the position that they were going to transfer 126th Street work and the SSSA supervisors into MCH depot, as well as them retaining all of their Road Control positions. This caused us to file two grievances.  We then attempted to negotiate a resolution where we would eventually get all of the SSSA’s work in Manhattan.  Throughout these negotiations, it was our strategy to be reasonable and flexible.  After months of negotiation, we failed to reach an agreement, but we did succeed in getting the Authority to abandon their plan to transfer the 126th Street work into MCH depot.  Once we got this agreement from them, we then agreed to a tri-lateral arbitration that would be heard by Howard Edelman.

It is clear from his decision that our strategy worked to our advantage in this proceeding, and as a result of this award, the Authority will no longer hire any new TA supervisors to work in Manhattan.  Our Union will eventually gain nearly 60 additional jobs for our members, and for the first time in the history of this great Organization, we will represent all of the supervisory work in Manhattan!

If you would like a copy of the award, please contact the Union office.

MTA Bus Impasse and Pension Arbitration Award

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On Thursday, September 7th the PERB Board has referred our impasse to compulsory interest arbitration (see attached PERB decision).

We will now reach out to the MTA to see if we can agree on an arbitrator.  If we cannot PERB will provide the parties a list of nine neutrals.  The parties will then proceed to strike off names until the last remaining arbitrator, who will hear the case.  We hope we can come to a voluntary agreement on an arbitrator if not we will proceed as quickly as possible.


Today we send a Petition for Referral to Public Arbitration Panel to the Director of Conciliation informing him that the parties were at an impasse and that further negotiations would be futile.  It is our belief that the Company will not dispute the fact we are at impasse.  The PERB Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 31st, and we hope to have this petition for arbitration on their agenda.


Vote NO on NYS Constitutional Convention

In the November general election, you will be asked to vote on whether or not New York should hold a convention to change our state constitution.  A Convention would be a boondoggle for politicians and corporate lobbyists to take away your wages, pensions, benefits and rights.  And to make matters worse, you’d have to pay the price tag—hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

A Constitutional Convention would be controlled by well-funded special interests and career politicians who would dominate the process and take advantage of the system to benefit themselves at your expense.

Corporations and their lobbyists will use a Convention to weaken workers’ rights and protections.  Pensions, prevailing rate in construction,  collective bargaining, and care and benefits for injured workers could all be on the chopping block. 

It’s a financial boondoggle that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and invite corruption by enabling entrenched Albany politicians to make up to $80,000 on top of the taxpayer-funded salaries they already receive.

With no timeline to complete their work , there could be no end in sight.  Albany politicians, their friends and insiders could continue enriching themselves at the taxpayers’ expense for years.

Your union urges you to VOTE NO on November 7th!!

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Tell the NYS Workers' Comp Board to Stop Attacking Injured and ill Workers!

Year after year, care and benefits for injured and ill workers come under attack. In the latest round, the NYS Workers' Compensation Board has proposed new rules and regulations that, if enacted, would drastically reduce awards for workers who lose the use of a body part and introduce changes to the process that would lead to ever increasing uncertainty, delay and litigation for injured workers.  

“This plan is an insult to all working men and women,” said NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “Benefit cuts for injured workers are wholly unjustifiable.”

We need you to urge the board to scrap the proposed regulations and draft new ones.

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