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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.

Governor Cuomo Signs - Veteran’s Equality Act

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The OA Pension Plan has adopted the provisions of the Veteran's Equality Act.  OA veteran's can now apply for up to three years of service credit.

Veteran's who retired between May 31, 2016 and July 27, 2016, you may also be eligible to purchase prior
military service.


Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Veteran’s Equality Act (Larkin/Paulin) into law. Now, all New York State military veterans – regardless of where they served – will be able to buy back three years of pension credit in public retirement systems.

Legislation passed in 2000 allowed such buy-backs only for service during certain conflicts like WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. Iraq was covered, yet Afghanistan, Kosovo, and certain other conflicts were not. And the legislation left out women veterans who were barred from combat zones.

He would like to thank Senator Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) and Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Dyker Heights) for their unwavering support of this important legislation.

Under the new bill veterans can now obtain pension credit for your military service provided that:

-You were honorably discharged from the military;

-You file for the pension while you are an active member of the pension system

-You have at least 5 or more years of public service credit

-The total military service, wartime and otherwise that you may purchase is 3 years

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

Aetna Wins Contract to Administer Local 100 Medical Benefits

Beginning on January 1, 2017, Aetna will be responsible for administering all the TWU Local 100/ATU medical plans. There will be NO change to your LEVEL of medical benefits under the new plans and will not affect your current prescription, optical and dental plans.

THIS CHANGE WILL ONLY AFFECT CURRENT SUPERVISORS WHO HAVE NOT YET MET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR NYSHIP MEDICAL BENEFITS.

Some members may see their current in-network doctor go out of network under the new plans. Any member facing such a disruption will be notified by letter.  This will give you the opportunity to research replacement providers or consider switching plans PPO to EPO or vice versa.   For members whose providers are currently out of network, under the new plans there are now several thousand doctors who were out of network under the current plans who will now be in-network under the new plans.  Aetna has also made a commitment to recruit out of network providers into their current networks.  Transitional arrangements will be made for members in special circumstances; for example, pregnant women and members undergoing chemotherapy.

This year's Open Enrollment period will run from October 15th through December 5th.  Open Enrollment packs will be mailed out shortly.  Open Enrollment informational meetings will be held at locations throughout the system starting on October 11th.

Members who do not receive their Open Enrollment pack by October 15 should contact the BSC at that time.  If you do not want to change your current type of coverage PPO (Empire) or EPO (UHC) you do not need to file anything during Open Enrollment, unless you want to add a dependent, you will be enrolled in the equivalent Aetna plan.  We advise everyone to check and see if their current providers are in the new Aetna plans.

We are working with the Authority to ensure as little disruption to our members as possible during this transitions period.

Right-to-work law turns state workers into big losers

Why do workers in Michigan and Washington make more money than workers in South Carolina?  Unions…

By Erin McKee, President of the S.C. AFL-CIO

For some reason most folks in South Carolina know very little about unions. They just know they don’t like them. The dislike seems to be handed down from generation to generation.

People don’t understand what “right to work” is.  “Right to work” is about money and keeping unions from collecting dues in right-to-work states, weakening the unions ability to do a good job. In all states, you don’t have to join the union but you do have to pay for the cost of negotiating the contract and representation, but in right-to-work states, you can work at a union facility, get the same wages and benefits as everyone else, and call the union for representation if you get in trouble — but you don’t have to pay for that.

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.

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.

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.

Injured Workers Needed Our Help and We Stepped Up!

Injured workers needed our help and we stepped up to answer their call. Because of your action, the campaign was a success; the state budget does not include harmful changes to the workers’ compensation system that appeared in the initial budget proposal.

Yur support was vital to the campaign’s success.  Thanks to you, leaders in state government received thousands of calls and emails about the importance of protecting injured workers. While we have protected injured workers this time, it is important to realize that our adversaries will not stop just because the budget process is completed.  Insurance carriers, workers’ compensation vendors and business interests will be back later in this legislative session with the same old proposals that reduce benefits while increasing their own profits.  We will need your help again.

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.

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