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MTA Bus Impasse and Pension Arbitration Award

*** Schedule Update ***

On Tuesday, November 21st we met with arbitration Carol Wittenberg to discuss a schedule for the MTA Bus Interest Arbitration.  The parties agreed to the following dates:

Union dates: March 12, 13 & 14

Company dates: March 21, 22 & 23

Rebuttal dates: (tentative) March 26 & 27.

*** PERB Update ***

On Monday, November 27th the parties met at PERB to discuss the Company's Petition for Declaratory Ruling on four (4) of our demands.  After lengthy discussions, we believe we will be able resolve the Company's claims that our demands are non-mandatory subjects of bargaining.  Therefore, the petition will not delay the above arbitration schedule.


The parties have agreed to use arbitrator Carol Wittenberg as the neutral in our interest arbitration.  As everyone is aware, Ms. Wittenberg was the arbitrator for our 9 hour grievance arbitration.  We believe her to be fair, honest and objective and we look forward to presenting our case to her.

The Company is already attempting to pro-long the arbitration. In September they filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling claiming that four (4) of our demands are non-mandatory demands.  We quickly filed a response to their petition and a conference with PERB has been scheduled for November 9th.

It is our objective to get our contract impasse resolved as quickly as possible and we will continue to do everything we can to  schedule arbitration dates as soon as we can.


On Thursday, September 7th the PERB Board has referred our impasse to compulsory interest arbitration (see attached PERB decision).

We will now reach out to the MTA to see if we can agree on an arbitrator.  If we cannot PERB will provide the parties a list of nine neutrals.  The parties will then proceed to strike off names until the last remaining arbitrator, who will hear the case.  We hope we can come to a voluntary agreement on an arbitrator if not we will proceed as quickly as possible.


Today we send a Petition for Referral to Public Arbitration Panel to the Director of Conciliation informing him that the parties were at an impasse and that further negotiations would be futile.  It is our belief that the Company will not dispute the fact we are at impasse.  The PERB Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 31st, and we hope to have this petition for arbitration on their agenda.


Judgment Day for Public Unions

By Matt Ford, The Atlantic

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could deal a serious blow to American organized labor.

Public-sector unions are heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could deal a devastating blow. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear a challenge to the unions’ fee system in its upcoming term, setting up a major clash on organized labor one year after the Court deadlocked in a similar case.

MSII Contract Ratified

*** Update ***

Contract Implementation

General Wage Increases (GWI): will go into effect on October 1st and will be paid on the paycheck of 10/19.

Retro-Active Wage Adjustments (RWA): will be paid in a separate paycheck on November 16th.  Members will have the option of deferring all or a portion of their RWA thorough the self service portal.  To maximize your deferral options we recommend that members open up both a 457 and 401(k) deferral plans.

Commuter pass: Commuter pass applications are now available for all of the represented MSII's.  For further information you can download the FAQs.

Half Day Usage: We are still working with Labor Relation on this implementation item and as soon as this is resolved we will let everyone know.


I am please to announce that today the tentative MSII contract has been ratified by the members. We hope to have a signed agreement within the next week.  Once the agreement is signed by the parties we will post on the website along with a schedule of implementation dates.  I would like to thank everyone who voted and to all the members for their support and patience.

Mother Clara Hale Depot Arbitration Award

*** UP-DATE ***

Today we received the Decision and Order from the Appellate Division regarding the SSSA"s appeal of the Mother Clara Hale Interest Arbitration.  The Court again denied their petition to vacate the arbitration award.   We hope that the SSSA will come to the conclusion that the award will stand and it would be futile to continue to appeal this decision.


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

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