Today, PERB appointed a mediator. We hope to schedule a mediation session as soon as possible.
The Union filed for impasse on the MTA Bus contract. The next step will be for PERB to appoint a mediator to hear the issues we are at impasse on and decide if an arbitration panel is necessary to resolve our contract. As soon as we get the date for mediation we will post it here.
On January 24th, the Union made it clear to the Company that if the MTA Board does not take action on our contract at the February 26th Board Meeting the Union would file for an impasse. Since that time, we have spoken to officials from the Mayor’s office, the MTA’s Director of Labor Relations, and distributed letters to the MTA Chairman/CEO, Tom Prendergast, and all of the MTA Board members urging them to take action on our contract.
Unfortunately, the Board decided not to take any action on our contract at that Board meeting. The MTA is continuing to use their misguided and discredited “net zero” bargaining strategy as an excuse for not being able to take any action on our contract. The blame for the continuation of this failed strategy rests solely on Governor Cuomo. He is determined to extract the same merciless concessions from the employees of the MTA that he was able to extract from the CSEA and PEF unions. Those concessions included, three years of zero wage increases and dramatic increases in their healthcare contributions.
In addition to our lawyer, Denis Engel we have retained the services of Cohen, Weiss and Simon and The Labor Bureau Inc. to assist us in the interest arbitration.