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MTA Bus Impasse and Pension Arbitration Award

After months of negotiations with the Company, on Friday, November 4th the Union had reached the conclusion that our bargaining for a successor agreement to the 2013 contract had reached an impasse.  On November 10th the Union filed a Declaration of Impasse with PERB.  We are now waiting for the Director of Conciliations to assign a mediator to the case and for them to schedule a mediation date.

As everyone probably knows by now, a decision on the Local 100 pension interest arbitration was issued on November 17th.  Part of our demands in the impasse filing was that our pension improvement would not be less than that of Local 100.  We believe that the arbitration award supports our argument that the multiplier for the supervisors should be high than that of the hourly’s because 1) our range of salaries are very narrow and increasing of the multiplier will not create a windfall for lower salaried employees like it would have in Local 100 and 2) we make more money than Local 100 members.

We will regularly update this page as additional dates and information becomes available.

Thanks and I wish everyone a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

Vinny

Financial Disclosure Filing (JCOPE) for TA Line Supervisors

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We were recently notified by JCOPE that the Maintenance Supervisor (Surface) Level I will be EXEMPT from filing Financial Disclosure Statements.  We are working with the Authority on determining and filing for exemptions for the MSII titles that we believe should be exempt from filing based on their job duties.


If you have received a letter from NEW YORK STATE JOINT COMMISSION ON PUBLIC ETHICS directing you to file a financial disclosure application, you should file an individual exemption application.  The Union has recently filed with the the NYS Joint Commission of Public Ethics a Union exemption application.  We are currently awaiting their response to our application, but believe based on the job duties of this title we should be exempt from filing.

You should send a copy of the application to:

Paige Graves
General Counsel
2 Broadway, Room D30.13
New York, NY 10004

Don’t Lose Your Tax Break! Enroll in FSA Before It’s Too Late

 

It’s that time again – when the FSA enrollment period rolls around and you should start thinking about your eligible expenses.

Sponsored by the MTA, the FSA is a pre-tax benefit plan that enables workers to save federal, state and social security (FICA) taxes on money used to pay for medical and certain other expenses and dependent or elder care. The bottom line is that by using an FSA, you get your tax break upfront, parceled out over the year in the form of lower tax withholdings on each paycheck.

What: An FSA allows you to set aside funds for medical and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis, thereby reducing your taxable income and increasing your take-home pay. The MTA sets up its account through the P&A Group and you can begin spending your entire year’s allocation on January 1, 2017. The MTA recovers any money you spend through 24 payroll deductions during the calendar year. There are no deductions withholdings for the first and last paychecks in the calendar year.

When: Open enrollment began on November 1 and continues through December 15. Now is a good time for you to review the FSA guidelines (click here for a copy of the new FSA Enrollment Guide) and think about how much money you want to set aside for your additional expenses. You can set up either or both types of accounts, depending on your needs. The maximum is now $2,600 for Medical Expense Reimbursement FSAs and $5,000 for a Dependent Care Assistance account. The $2,600 maximum for Medical Expense Reimbursement is new for 2017.

What’s covered? Here are some typical expenses for which you can use your Medical Expense Reimbursement account: Co-payments for physicians’ visits, prescription drugs, glasses, contact lenses, and dental expenses that aren’t covered by your medical or dental insurance. To see what other expenses are eligible, check the list on the P&A website or call 800-688-2611 to ask a P&A customer service representative.

You can also set up a Dependent Care FSA to set aside money to pay for qualified child care and babysitting (when you’re at work), or for dependent care – such as for your parents or other eligible dependents in your family.

How do I use it? To make accessing your accounts even easier, P&A Group will provide you with a special MasterCard that works like a debit card and which you can use to pay for qualified expenses. If you have been participating in the FSA for the last three years, your card will expire and you’ll get a new card in the mail from the P&A Group.

A very important caveat: Because of IRS Regulations, FSA accounts are use-it-or lose-it, which means that any money left in your account after June 30, 2018 will be forfeited. Expenses incurred from January 1, 2017 through March 15, 2018 are eligible and you have until June 30, 2018 to submit them to the P&A. It doesn’t take a lot of bookkeeping to ensure that you don’t forfeit your money.

How can I track my usage? You can access your account balance at any time on the P&A website. You can also provide them with your email address and you’ll get an email every time you use your card or submit a claim. The email will also show your current account balance.

Remember: Open enrollment for FSAs for 2017 began on November 1 and continues through midnight, December 15, 2016. If you are currently enrolled in this benefit program and want to continue, you must re-enroll. You can complete your enrollment online at www.padmin.com or call the P&A Group at 1-800-688-2611.

Two Dispatchers are Assaulted in the Bronx

Within the past month two  of our Dispatchers in the Bronx have been assaulted while on their foot posts performing their duties.  Both were taken to the hospital as a result of their injuries and were treated and released.  The Union is currently working with the Authority and law enforcement to identify and bring to justice their attackers.  However, if they are apprehended, these criminals at most will face misdemeanor charges.  We believe assaulting a supervisor while performing his or her duties is a very serious offense and should be treated as such.  To address this, we are partnering with the Subway Surface Supervisors Association (SSSA) to introduce legislation that would make assaulting a supervisor while performing their duties a felony.

Constitution and By-laws Revisions Ratified

We are happy to report that the revisions to the Constitution and By-laws have been unanimously ratified by the members. We would like to thank everyone who attended one the of meetings and voted.  We will now have copies of the revised Constitution and By-laws printed and mailed to every member in good standing.

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