All News

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.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

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

JUSTIFICATION :

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.

Tell the NYS Workers' Comp Board to Stop Attacking Injured and ill Workers!

Year after year, care and benefits for injured and ill workers come under attack. In the latest round, the NYS Workers' Compensation Board has proposed new rules and regulations that, if enacted, would drastically reduce awards for workers who lose the use of a body part and introduce changes to the process that would lead to ever increasing uncertainty, delay and litigation for injured workers.  

“This plan is an insult to all working men and women,” said NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “Benefit cuts for injured workers are wholly unjustifiable.”

We need you to urge the board to scrap the proposed regulations and draft new ones.

Click Here to sign the Petition

Click Here to download Flyer

Public employee unions dodge a Supreme Court bullet in tie vote

Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 10:18 a.m. EDT March 29, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives bent on crippling the power of public employee unions lost their best opportunity in years Tuesday when the Supreme Court deadlocked over a challenge to the fees those unions collect from non-members.

Rather than seeking to reschedule the case for their next term, the justices simply announced they were tied 4-4 -- a verdict which leaves intact the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upholding the fee collections.

That was a major victory for the unions and the court's four liberal justices following Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month. During oral argument in January, it had appeared almost certain that the court would strike down the requirement in 23 states that teachers and government workers contribute to the cost of collective bargaining, even if they disagree with their unions' demands.

The result would have been the demise of a nearly 40-year-old Supreme Court precedent that allows unions to impose such requirements on non-members. It would have made it harder for unions representing teachers, police and firefighters, and other government workers to maintain their power by affecting their pocketbooks.

Instead, the judicial deadlock allows the California Teachers Association to keep collecting the fees, but it does not have nationwide impact. The 9th Circuit standard applies only to states within its jurisdiction, including Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington as well as California.

Constitution and by-laws Amendment

On June 22, 2017 the members approved an amendment to General Elections Section IX (a) of the Local's Constitution and by-laws.  Section IX (a) will now read as follows:

"All Officers and Executive Council members shall be elected every four (4) years, in a secret ballot election."

This change will go into effect in conjunction with the upcoming 2018 Officers and Executive Council member elections.

We would like to thank everyone who attended any one of these meetings.

Financial Disclosure Filing (JCOPE) for OA Line Supervisors

*** UP DATE ***

Last week we received two (2) denial letters from JCOPE regarding our exemption filings for OA Line Supervisors and OA Revenue Supervisors.  If you haven't filed a financial disclosure statement for 2106 yet we urge you to do so as soon as possible.  We are reviewing the denials and have asked our lawyer to contract JCOPE for clarification and guidance on appealing their determination.   If you have any questions, call the Ethics Helpline at 888-827-5682 (888-U ASK MTA).


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 recommend that you include the Union exemption application documents in your individual filing.  We are currently awaiting their response to our application and believe based on the job duties of these titles 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

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

**** Important Up-date ****

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

*** UP-DATE ***

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.

Syndicate content