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MTA Bus Contract

*** UPDATE JULY 14, 2014 ***

Both sides are working extremely hard to get the final approvals on our contract.  At this time we are still hopeful that we will be able to get the contract to the RESCHEDULED JULY 28th Board Meeting.  We will post updated information on the website as it becomes available.


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.


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
  • Forms are due back to the BSC by August 8th
  • 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.

Ruling Against Union Fees Contains Damage to Labor

By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJUNE 30, 2014

The Supreme Court dealt a limited blow to organized labor on Monday by ruling that some government employees did not have to pay any fees to the unions representing them. But the court declined to strike down a decades-old precedent that required many public sector workers to pay union fees. Writing for the 5-to-4 majority, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. concluded that there was a category of government employees — a partial public employee — who can opt out of joining a union and not be required to contribute union fees.

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