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TWU 106 President Vincent Modafferi
TWU 106 President Vincent Modafferi

Transit Supervisors Get TWU Pact’s Terms

By SARAH DORSEY |

Transit supervisors and employees of the MTA’s private bus lines are entitled to the same raises that Transport Workers Union Local 100 members received in their last contract, an arbitration panel ruled last month in separate 2-to-1 decisions that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sharply contests.

Only employer’s representative Gary Dellaverson—formerly the MTA’s chief negotiator—dissented in each case. Arbitrator Howard Edelman, who wrote the decisions, hewed to the Local 100 pattern established by John Zuccotti in 2009, retroactively granting both groups 11-percent wage increases over their three-year contracts. He rejected the MTA’s argument that that decision was based on flawed economics, and that union employees should “share the sacrifices” made by riders and management since the recession.

Post Retirement Death Benefit Secured for OA Retirees

After the untimely and tragic death of former OA Transportation Chairman, Edwin Serrano, Local 106 President, Vincent Modafferi promised that he would do everything he could to see that “the inequity in the Post Retirement Death Benefit for OA retirees will be changed to that of the NYCERS system.”

Finally, after a year of pushing this issue and with the help of Local 100 President John Samuelsen, pension consultant Norman Rosenfeld, and the OA Pension Board Trustees, in June 2012 the OA Pension System adopted the NYCERS rules for the Post Retirement Death Benefit for OA retirees.

The Authority has started the process of contacting current retirees to fill-out a beneficiary designation form for this new benefit.  Payment to eligible deceased retiree beneficiaries will begin in the very near future.

MTA rejects proposed series of raises for LIRR workers

By Pete Donohue / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said no dice to a proposal for LIRR raises averaging 2.85% a year for six years; the proposal was made by a Presidential Emergency Board that was formed to avert a walkout

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NY top court upholds MTA payroll tax

 ALBANY – New York’s top court upheld the controversial MTA payroll tax Tuesday, dismissing an appeal by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

The Court of Appeals upheld a mid-level court decision that the tax, paid by employers in the 12-county region served by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is constitutional.

Senate finally confirms Prendergast as MTA chief

By Benjamin Kabak

It’s been nearly six months since Joe Lhota resigned as MTA Chairman and CEO, and after waiting out a slow nomination process and an even slower confirmation process, the MTA finally has a new permanent leader. This evening, the New York State Senate voted to confirm Tom Prendergast as the Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prendergast, the former president of New York City Transit, had been serving as the interim executive director since Lhota stepped down to run for mayor on January 1, but the Senate waited until the final day of their legislative session to confirm the nomination.

The Chief-Leader Editor Richard Steier
The Chief-Leader Editor Richard Steier

Editorial: A Proposition for TWU

RICHARD STEIER | Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 5:00 pm

For argument’s sake, give Tony Aiken, the Bus Operator and veteran union official found guilty of sexually harassing supervisor Tulani Melendez, the benefit of the doubt for all the alleged remarks she was offended by but which he said he never made.

Then consider what he admitted to saying when interviewed by this newspaper’s Sarah Dorsey: that in Ms. Melendez’s presence he had once laid his wallet down, gestured toward her, and said, “I’d give all this for that.” He said that he intended this in a “polite, joking, complimentary” way.

MTA Bus & MSII Contract Negotiations

TWU Local 106 Partners with CardiacScan

The Union has partnered with CardiacScan to provide discounted screening service for our members and their family.  We are scheduling Screening Days in Queens, Bronx and Manhattan.  Check the events calendar and sign-up for this valuable and lifesaving service. Remember, we are offing the first 100 members (only) who sign-up for these services a $25 voucher to be used towards the cost of the screening.  Call 1-888-518-2810 to schedule an appointment today.

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