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General Recording Secretary Election

Brothers and Sistors,

On January 10, 2019, TSO General Recording Secretary, Michael Lawson, was elected OA Transportation Vice Chairman.  As a result of this, his previous position as General Recording Secretary is now vacant.

This position will be filled by a General Election.  Nominations, eligibility requirements and the election process for this position shall be in accordance with our By-laws.  The Executive Council has designated the TSO Secretary Treasurer, Hubert Reardon, to conduct the election.  We have retained the services of the American Arbitration Association to conduct the balloting for this election if necessary.

Information on the election was mailed to every member in good standing on Friday, March 8, 2019.

If you have not recieved this information, please contact the Union Office.

MSII Tentative Contract Agreement

We are happy to announce that we have reached a tentative contract agreement.  We believe this contract provides the MSIIs with important and significant gains.

Some of the gains we were able to achieve this round of negotiations include:

  • Two 2.5% Wage Increases with Full Retroactivity
  • $500 Pensionable Lump-sum Payment
  • Expansion of Night Differential Hours
  • A Full-Time MSII Union Representative 
  • $820 Annual Supervisor Maintenance Bonus
  • Increases in Annual Longevity Bonuses
  • OTO Pilot Program
  • Full Dental & Vision Coverage for Dependent Children through the Age of 26
  • Step Children Added to Death in Family

The contract ratification process will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and will be done by electronic ballot.  The ratification vote will be open to only members in good standing.  Ballot Notification will be mailed on Friday, March 8th. Ballots are due back by Friday, March 22nd, at 10AM.  If the contract is ratified by the members, it will then go to the MTA Board on Wednesday, March 27th, for final ratification.

I would like to thank the Officers for all of their input, assistance and support in these negotiations.


Vincent Modafferi


MTA Bus Interest Arbitration

*** Implementation Update ***

The below dates have been confirmed:

  • Sunday, February 10th – New Wage Rates and 2% Medical Contribution rate go into effect.
  • Thursday, February 21st – MTA Bus RWA Deferral Commitments Due.
  • Thursday, March 28th – RWA’s are paid on a separate check.
  • 2% Medical Contribution in arrears to December 28, 2018 will be deducted from the RWA check in a lump sum.
  • New Union Dues Rates will go into effect with the GWI's on February 10th.
  • Military Buy-back is in effect

We still do not know when the new pension contribution rate will go into effect. We will continue to follow-up on this and let you know.

The Company is not going to have the RWA amount available to the members until AFTER it is paid and the commitment forms are due.  This was done when the last RWA was paid as well. 

RWA Calculator - Data should only be entered into the yellow fields.

***FINAL Arbitration Update ***

As we said from the very beginning exceeding the pattern would be an uphill battle.  However, we believed that if any bargaining unit would be able to break the bargaining pattern it would this bargaining unit in this round of negotiations, but as you can see the arbitrator upheld the contract pattern.  To say the least, we are very disappointed with the outcome. 


We had argued that the current disparity in wages between our members at MTA Bus and their OA & TA counterparts is the fault of the Company – for hiring those who were formerly non-represented at egregiously low starting wages and then expecting the Union to shoulder the entire burden of closing that gap through bargaining concessions.  Throughout this entire process, the Company would neither admit nor accept responsibility for the current wage disparity that exists.  We believed this process should have cured that problem, but it did not – which leads to the larger concern about the rigid application of a pattern to this dispute.  The word “pattern” is not in the statute.  However, the Company purposefully and without justification ignores the very specific factors set forth in the law – effectively reading them out of the stature – and holds that the only factor that matters is a pattern previously set by other bargaining units, without any consideration of the unique circumstances of this bargaining unit. 


We will begin negotiating a successor agreement in early January and will schedule a member meeting in January as well to discuss the award and our next round of negotiations.  I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support throughout this long and arduous process.   If you have any questions please contact me.




38th Annual TSO Scholarship Awards

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 38th Annual TSO Scholarship Awards.

MSII - Mike Schuster, Enzo Adamo, Filadelfio LaMarca, Strafford Anderson and Jose DeJesus.

OA - Tom Wilson, Maximo Martinez, Oscar Centeno, and Senad Bajramovic.

Queens - Richard Vaughan

I am happy to announce that our partner M3 Technology, is sponsoring four (4) one thousand dollar scholarship awards and our new partners, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP and Central Medical Services of Westrock, are each sponsoring one (1) one thousand dollar scholarship award this year.  This is in addition to four (4) Scholarship Awards sponsored by the Union. There will be a total of ten (10) one thousand dollar scholarships awarded for the 2019 school year.

All of the winners and alternates will be drawn at the Holiday Party Thursday, December 20, 2018. There will be ten (10) winners, and ten (10) alternates drawn at 5:00 pm.

Application and Instructions

Are Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date?

During the Annual Open Enrollement Period it might a good time for you the check that your beneficiary information on your Pension and Life Insurance are up to date.

You can access this information through the BSC self-service portal or you can download the forms below. If your a member of the NYCERS retirement system click here.

MetLife Insurance Form

OA Pension Beneficiary Form

MTA Pension Beneficiary Form

TSO Gets Shorts Approved and Upgrades to the Dispatcher Uniform!

After becoming aware that the operator unions had a contractual agreement with management discuss changes to their uniforms we meet with management to discuss changes to the Dispatcher uniform.  Through these negotiations, we able to achieve several changes to the current uniforms that will significantly improve their quality, performance and functionality.  We believe the most significant change to the uniform is that after years of patience and persistence were able to get the Authority to agree to allow the Dispatchers to wear shorts as part of their uniform.

All of these changes were supposed to go into effect in conjunction with the re-bidding of the current VF Solutions contract that was scheduled to expire in July.  Unfortunately, the Authority recently extended the contract until November 2019.  We are working with management to try and implement pieces of the uniform upgrade, before the expiration of the current contract, like the Polo shirts that are currently being distributed.

As for the shorts, management believes they will be able to have the dispatcher shorts available through VF Solution by the end of the year.  However, that doesn’t help us out for this summer.  In the interim, we have asked the Authority if they could source a model and vendor for our members to purchase “official” dispatcher shorts as a part of the summer uniform.  They have identified Aramark as the vendor and the below options.

Only the following styles have been approved for purchase:

Male     #DEF – 20255 (Navy Blue)

            #DEF - 20259 – Cargo Style (Navy Blue)

Female #DEF – 20261 (Navy Blue)

            #DEF – 2541 – Cargo Style (Navy Blue)

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award


On February 15, 2018 the New York State Court of Appeals denied the SSSA appeal to hear the MCH case.  With that, the legal process for them to try an overturn the MCH Arbitration Award is over.  The Arbitration Award stands and eventually the OA will absorb all of these positions. 

Today we received the Decision and Order from the Appellate Division regarding the SSSA"s appeal of the Mother Clara Hale Interest Arbitration.  The Court again denied their petition to vacate the arbitration award.   We hope that the SSSA will come to the conclusion that the award will stand and it would be futile to continue to appeal this decision.

MSII Contract Ratified

*** Update ***

Contract Implementation

General Wage Increases (GWI): will go into effect on October 1st and will be paid on the paycheck of 10/19.

Retro-Active Wage Adjustments (RWA): will be paid in a separate paycheck on November 16th.  Members will have the option of deferring all or a portion of their RWA thorough the self service portal.  To maximize your deferral options we recommend that members open up both a 457 and 401(k) deferral plans.

Commuter pass: Commuter pass applications are now available for all of the represented MSII's.  For further information you can download the FAQs.

Half Day Usage: We are still working with Labor Relation on this implementation item and as soon as this is resolved we will let everyone know.

I am please to announce that today the tentative MSII contract has been ratified by the members. We hope to have a signed agreement within the next week.  Once the agreement is signed by the parties we will post on the website along with a schedule of implementation dates.  I would like to thank everyone who voted and to all the members for their support and patience.

Judgment Day for Public Unions

By Matt Ford, The Atlantic

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could deal a serious blow to American organized labor.

Public-sector unions are heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could deal a devastating blow. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear a challenge to the unions’ fee system in its upcoming term, setting up a major clash on organized labor one year after the Court deadlocked in a similar case.

2017 Supervisor Legislative Priorities

*** UP DATE ***

On June 7th, Independent Democratic Conference member, Senator Diane Savino introduced the first of its kind legislation that protects our members from the toxic exposure of diesel fumes and steel dust. 

It was through the efforts of the Subway-Surface Transit Supervisors Political Activity Corporation that drafted this legislation and found a sponsor to introduce this groundbreaking and historic bill.


Employees of the New York city transit authority who become disabled due to their exposure to hazardous or toxic agents while performing their job, will be eligible for a disability retirement if certain criteria is established. It will be presumed that any employee who develops one or more of the illnesses and maladies in the proposed legislation, that the increased exposure to hazardous or toxic materials while at their work location will be the primary cause of such illness or disease. These employees would then be eligible for a disability retirement as provided by their retirement system


Members of the transit authority are exposed to hazardous and toxic substances throughout their work day. Diesel fumes in bus garages as well as in subway tunnels when the diesel engine repair trains are in use are encountered at alarming rates. Subway workers are also constantly subjected to exposure to steel dust from the natural deterioration of both the train wheels and the train rails. The World Health Organization has studied the effect of these toxic substances on workers and concluded that there is a direct correlation between this exposure and the manifestation of certain illnesses and diseases.

In 2012 the World Heath Organization classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans.   Since then, there have been attempts to address this issue through legal proceeding and workers compensation.  So far the results have been mixed.

Our legislation eliminates the time, effort and uncertainly our members faces if he or she should develop one or more of the illnesses and maladies in the proposed legislation.  We would like to thank Gordon Warnock and Senator Savino for drafting and introducing this legislation.

We are happy to announce that the TSO and the SSSA has formed the Subway-Surface Transit Supervisors Political Activity Corporation to jointly promote and support legislation that benefits our members and supervisors.  We have introduced legislation that would make assaulting a Supervisor  while performing their duties a felony.  We are working on a number of other bills that we will post as they are introduced.

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.

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