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Your 2015 Taxes and Required Health Care Reporting

A provision in the Affordable Care Act means that beginning this year, you will be required to confirm that you had health insurance coverage when you file your federal tax for 2015.

The law also requires the MTA as an employer to document coverage of our eligible employees and retirees and to send each of us Form 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) to verify that we offered affordable health insurance during 2015 to you.

You will receive your 1095-C form in the mail. Expect it to arrive around the same time as your W-2 form. The 1095-C form will verify that you were offered health insurance with affordable individual premiums and that the coverage met minimum federal standards.

You don’t have to file the 1095-C with your taxes, but you should keep it with the rest of your tax documentation.

To learn more about the details of the Affordable Care Act, consult the IRS website at

The MSII Bargaining is Now Complete!

As you may know, during the recently concluded representation elections, a number of MSII’s in Station Maintenance, Material Control, Homeless Outreach, and Car Equipment were excluded from the petition.  As the newly elected bargaining unit representatives for the MSII’s, we made a commitment to the previously excluded MSII’s that we would try to get them included in the new bargaining unit as quickly as we could.  I am happy to inform you that on January 8, 2016, the Union and Authority entered into a voluntary recognition agreement that will place these previously excluded MSII’s into the MSII bargaining unit. 

On Wednesday, January 6th, the Officers and shop stewards met to develop our bargaining demands.  We are scheduled to meet with the Transit Authority on January 11th to begin contract negotiations.  Our goal for this round of negotiations will be to restore all of the Level I benefits that the Authority took away from you when they “promoted” you to a Level II.  We will schedule a membership meeting in the very near future to discuss our contract negotiations and answer any questions you may have.

Again, I would like to thank everyone for choosing us as your representatives.  Becoming your representatives is a great responsibility that we will not take lightly.  I promise you that we will do everything we can to live up to the responsibilities you have entrusted us with.

Bad Sign for Unions In Agency-Fee Case: No Help From Kennedy

By DAN ROSENBLUM | Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 4:45 pm

Lawyers defending public unions’ fair-share fees got an icy reception from two U.S. Supreme Court Justices—one of whom tends to be the swing vote on closely-contested issues—during a Jan. 11 hearing in a case that could drastically affect how unions pay for their operations.

The litigation centered on a challenge to the four-decade-old precedent on agen­cy-shop fees—also known as “fair-share” fees—that require all employees in a bargaining unit to pay for a union’s negotiation, grievance and organizational costs, though they can withhold fees meant to fund political action. A group of California Teachers, backed by the libertarian Center for Individual Rights, sued the California Teachers Association, arguing that public-employee unions are inherently political and that being compelled to pay union dues violates the Teachers’ First Amendment rights.

Kennedy Skeptical

In the 82-minute hearing, four liberal Justices—Elena Kagan, Sonia Soto­mayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer—indicated a disposition in favor of the unions. But Justice Anthony Kennedy, long regarded as the court’s swing vote that could be swayed toward the unions, seemed critical.

“When you are dealing with a governmental agency, many critical points are matters of public concern,” he said. “And is it not true that many Teachers…strongly, strongly disagree with the union position on Teacher tenure, on merit pay, on merit promotion, on classroom size?”

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award

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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.

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