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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.

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award

*** UP-DATE ***

On March 2, 2015, the SSSA filed a petition in the Supreme Court of New York to vacate the Mother Clara Hale Arbitration Award.  Today, Supreme Court Justice, Debra Silber denied their petition to vacate the award.


On December 17th the parties appeared before the Arbitrator to clarify and discuss issues that were not addressed in the original arbitration award.  If there was any doubt in the original award that MCH depot is an OA depot the supplemental award CONFIRMS that MCH is an OA DEPOT!


This decision is a historic victory for our Union because the award confirms our position that with the closing of 126th Street Depot all of the supervisory work in Manhattan should become TSO represented work.  The decision also recognized the concerns raised by the SSSA in that displacing long-term employees will negatively impacted those employees by not allowing them to continue to work in Manhattan.

The outcome of this award is dramatically different from where we began in this dispute.  Initially, the Authority took the position that they were going to transfer 126th Street work and the SSSA supervisors into MCH depot, as well as them retaining all of their Road Control positions. This caused us to file two grievances.  We then attempted to negotiate a resolution where we would eventually get all of the SSSA’s work in Manhattan.  Throughout these negotiations, it was our strategy to be reasonable and flexible.  After months of negotiation, we failed to reach an agreement, but we did succeed in getting the Authority to abandon their plan to transfer the 126th Street work into MCH depot.  Once we got this agreement from them, we then agreed to a tri-lateral arbitration that would be heard by Howard Edelman.

It is clear from his decision that our strategy worked to our advantage in this proceeding, and as a result of this award, the Authority will no longer hire any new TA supervisors to work in Manhattan.  Our Union will eventually gain nearly 60 additional jobs for our members, and for the first time in the history of this great Organization, we will represent all of the supervisory work in Manhattan!

If you would like a copy of the award, please contact the Union office.

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.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 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

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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.

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.

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Lawmakers’ Pension Overhaul

By MONICA DAVEY

MAY 8, 2015 - Published by the NY Times

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday rejected changes that legislators made to fix a deeply troubled public pension system, leaving the state where it had started — with a significant budget crisis, a vastly underfunded pension program and no plan in sight.

All seven members of the state’s highest court found that a pension overhaul lawmakers had agreed to almost a year and a half ago violated the Illinois Constitution. The changes would have curtailed future cost-of-living adjustments for workers, raised the age of retirement for some and put a cap on pensions for those with the highest salaries. But under the state Constitution, benefits promised as part of a pension system for public workers “shall not be diminished or impaired.”

“Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law,” Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier wrote in an opinion. “It is a summons to defend it.”

Anthem/Empire BCBS Hit by Hackers

*** UPDATE ***

Anthem, Inc., the parent company of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, issued a press release today announcing that in the coming weeks a letter will be mailed to all current and former members, reaching back to 2004. The letter includes updated information on the cyber attack and advises members that they will be automatically enrolled in an identity repair program at no cost for two years as well as instructions on how to enroll in additional services, including a credit monitoring program, also at no cost for two years. Members can immediately enroll in this service by going online via www.anthemfacts.com or calling the vendor 877-263-7995.  Phone lines will be open from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, and will be open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET Monday to Saturday.  Spanish-speaking members may access information at AnthemInforma.com, or receive assistance in Spanish at 877-263-7995.

Anthem’s Updated FAQ


Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield warns of scam emails targeting Empire members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem (Empire’s parent company), and the emails include a “click here” link supposedly for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem or Empire.
If you receive such an email:

• DO NOT click on any links in the email.
• DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
• DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have mistakenly clicked on a link in the email.
• DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with the email.

Empire also is NOT calling members regarding the cyber attack and is NOT asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.  Empire says it will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Empire has announced that affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.

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