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Legislators Right A Wrong, Let Left-Out Vets Buy Back Time

By SARAH DORSEY | Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 5:30 pm

NOT VETERAN ENOUGH FOR PENSION BUYBACK? Robert Browne, now a Long Island Public School Teacher, sits on a bunker at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a tour in 2004. Though he has 28 years’ combined active and reserve experience in the U.S. Army, he was denied the chance to buy three years of pension credits because his service abroad during the Cold War and in Afghanistan didn’t quality under state law. For two years, he has advocated for all veterans to be granted the benefit.

Ruling Against Union Fees Contains Damage to Labor


The Supreme Court dealt a limited blow to organized labor on Monday by ruling that some government employees did not have to pay any fees to the unions representing them. But the court declined to strike down a decades-old precedent that required many public sector workers to pay union fees. Writing for the 5-to-4 majority, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. concluded that there was a category of government employees — a partial public employee — who can opt out of joining a union and not be required to contribute union fees.

Retroactive Wage Adjustment Portal Information

*** UPDATE JULY 7, 2014 ***

Retiree RWA data is NOW available on the BSC Self Serve Portal.

If you elected to make a deferral and that deferral was not taken out of your Retro Check, DO NOT cash the check and contact the Union office as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE to go to the BSC Self-Service Home page

CLICK HERE for Info to Access and Download Data on the BSC Self-Service Portal

CLICK HERE for info on Signing in to the BSC Self-Service Portal for the First Time

  • Retiree's and Inactive employee's retroactive payments will be issued on July 3rd.

If you have any questions regarding the RWA payments or need information on accessing your data, please contact the Union office.

Station Supervisors Level II Contract

*** UPDATE - JUNE 25, 2014 ***

Today, the MTA Board ratified the Station Supervisor Level II agreement. 

We will schedule an implementation meeting with the Authority as soon as possible.  Once we agree on an implementation schedule we will post it here.

I happy to announce we have reached an eight-year collective bargaining agreement with the Transit Authority that runs from March 2010 through April 2018.

The agreement includes all of the pattern raises that Local 100 had achieved in their last two contracts with full retroactivity.  We maintained all of our current health benefits with no changes to our healthcare contribution formula and have included a re-opener clause that will give us the ability to negotiate future improvements in our dental and vision benefits.  Our agreement increases our life insurance benefit from $5,000 to $25,000, and our line of duty death benefit from $50,000 to $250,000.  But, the most significant gain we were able to achieve in this agreement was the inclusion of an additional sick leave provision.

This contract took us a couple of months longer to negotiate then we had anticipated, but in the end, we were able to reach an agreement that includes all of the Local 100 raises without having to go to arbitration.  In the next few days you will receive a ratification ballot in the mail.  Please take the time to fill it out and return your ballot to the PO Box by Friday, June 20th.  Once the agreement is ratified by the members It will then go the MTA Board for approval on Wednesday, June 25th.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience during these negotiations and I hope that everyone will vote to ratify this agreement.

Important Information about the OA/TA Data Breach

The New York City Transit Authority as an employer has an absolute obligation to protect and secure all their employees personal information. This incident of a computer disk being found with employees personal information on it shows the total lack of proper procedure when it comes to the handling of our personal information.

Even though as of March 11, 2014 the Authority has stated that there is no evidence so far that this information has been used in anyway illegally, we are joining the SSSA in demanding that the Authority pay for credit monitoring for three years and cover the cost of any damages caused by their total negligence in dealing with our members' personal information.  If this demand is denied, the unions are prepared to file a lawsuit on behalf of our members.  We are also demanding a review of how the Authority safeguards our member’s personal information and what steps will be taken by the Authority to ensure that this never happens again.  Since this computer disk contains personal information of not only Supervisors but Authority Managers, as well, we have reached out to the Transit Managers Benevolent Association (TMBA) to join us in our lawsuit if necessary.

You can take steps immediately to secure your personal information by calling the Data Breach Hotline at 844-894-8881 and they will assist you.

TWU Local 106 Rally

This morning the Union held a Rally outside of the MTA Headquarters to express our disappointment in the MTA for not allowing the Union and MTA Bus Company to enter into a long overdo collective bargaining agreement. 

Along with members from every bargaining Unit of the Union we were joined by City Council member and Chair of the Committee on Civil Service & Labor, I. Daneek Miller, TWU International Vice President and Director of the Transit Division, Jerome LaFragola, and members and officers of ATU 1181, and the TWU NY-NJ State Conference.  We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us on this very cold and windy day.

The Local President, MTA Division Chair, Robert Elznic, and Station Supervisors Level II Chair, Mike Troina addressed the MTA Board and expressed to them our disappointment and to put a face on how the members of MTA Bus have been struggling over the past nine years.  Afterwards, we spoke to Board members and the press.  We hope that they will also get our message out.

We will try and get a video posted on the website of our remarks to the Board.

MTA Board - Board Meeting - 3/26/2014

For the President's and Robert Elznic address to the Board fast forward to 02:30

For Mike Troina's address to the Board fast forward to 17:30

Transit Supervisors Seek Outside Help In Wage Dispute

By SARAH DORSEY | 0 comments

Nearly 300 transit supervisors claim they are at a bargaining impasse with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over a long-overdue contract, just three months after their subordinates—and their counterparts in other divisions—were granted pay raises by an arbitrator.

Transport Workers Union Local 106 officials say they filed for impasse March 21 after reaching “almost total concurrence” with agency negotiators, blaming the MTA Board for failing to approve the agreement at its February meeting. The union is now demanding parity in wages and benefits with supervisors in other divisions.

Arbitrator Howard C. Edelman
Arbitrator Howard C. Edelman

Arbitrator Upholds Wage Pattern in Supervisors Contract Arbitration Award

On Monday, December 23, 2013 the Arbitration panel hearing the OA/TA contract arbitration issued their award.

Click here for a summary of the Award   I   Click here for the full Award

The BSC has confirmed that the retroactive payment records will available to the members through the BSC portal.   Every member will be able to get a break down of their retro payment through the BSC portal.  This will probably be available near the date of the retro payments.  Having this available to the members is a big improvement from how the 2007 retroactive payment was done.  This will allow every member the view how the payment was calculated and if they have any questions or believe there was a miscalculation they can bring it to management's attention.  We will let everyone know when these records become available.

The new rates will be in the February 27th paycheck.

  • Healthcare contribution reduction to 1.5% on 40 hours will also be in the February 27th paycheck.
  • A Separate Retroactive Payment Check will be issued on May 8th.
  • The Healthcare Contribution refund payments will be issued on June 5th.
  • Retiree's and Inactive employee's retroactive payments will be issued on July 3rd.

Click HERE for the new Pay Rate Chart.

If you have any questions regarding the award or deferral please contact the Union office.

Governor Cuomo Signs 55/25 Refund Bill for Station Supervisors II

On December 18th Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that provides for the refund of the additional 55/25 pension contribution many of our members made when they opted into the Chapter 96 55/25 pension plan.

Through the persistence and hard work of the Local President and SSII Chairman, Mike Tronia the Union was finally able to get this important legislation passed.  This legislation will correct the inequity to members who originally opted into the Chapter 96 of the Laws of 1995 (Chapter 96/95)55/25 pension program who paid an additional member contribution (AMC) from the time they opted into until January 3, 2001. Then as a result of Chapter 10 of the Laws of 2000, members who didn't opt into the 55/25 pension program were put into the 55/25 pension program without having to make any additional member contributions.

Members who made the additional member contributions are not being given any additional benefit for their contributions. It is only fair and equitable to refund the additional contributions back to these members. Members of the 1994 25/55 pension program have already been refunded their additional member contributions.

The form for the Station Supervisor Level II 55/25 Pension Refund is now available.  Click HERE for the form.

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