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MSII Representation Elections

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.

Vincent Modafferi

Transport Workers Union official accused of sexual harassment can’t dodge punishment, court rules

Tony Aiken can’t use his position with the Transport Workers Union to avoid disciplinary action from sexual harassment charges against him, an appellate court ruled.

BY Barbara Ross


Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 2:10 PM

Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5:02 PM

A union official accused of sexually harassing his female supervisors in a Bronx bus depot cannot use his position in the Transport Workers Union to avoid disciplinary charges, a Manhattan appellate court ruled Tuesday.

The panel of five judges said they had to make a “relatively rare” decision and overturn an arbitrator's ruling on the matter because to do otherwise would "send the wrong message" by negating public policy that makes sexual harassment illegal in the workplace.

Tony Aiken, a bus operator, was hit with harassment charges in December 2012 by a bus dispatcher, Tulani Melendez, who said he was constantly making sexual innuendos and humiliating her with his comments in the Kingsbridge Bus Depot.

OA/TA Discipline Reduction Program

As part of our 2013 - 2018 collective bargaining agreement, the Union negotiated a Discipline Reduction Program for members who have reprimands and/or warnings on their official records for violations committed prior to January 1, 2015. 

Discipline and Grievance

a)  Reprimands and warnings will be removed from a Supervisor’s discipline record for discipline imposed prior to January 1, 2015 if there was no subsequent discipline initiated within twenty-four (24) months of the warning or reprimand being imposed.

Member should check their DAN History through the BSC Self Service Portal.  If you believe you qualify for the discipline reduction program, please contact your Unit Chairperson.

2013 - 2018 MTA Bus Contract

The Union will begin contract negotiations with the Company on January 28th. The union is fully committed to obtaining wage and benefits parity with supervisors in the OA and TA.

Career and Salary Contract Agreement

I am happy to announce that the tentative agreement on the 2009-2017 Career and Salary Contract was ratified by the members on Friday, March 20th.

The contract will now go to the  March 25th MTA Board meeting for final approval.  When approved we will post more information regarding the implementation of the agreement.

  • RWA for Active and In-Active employees will be paid on June 18th on a separate pay check
  • All RWA deferrals must be done through the BSC Self Service Portal

RWA pay details will be available on the self service portal and will be posted the week of the RWA payments.

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