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Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this representation election and would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone into our great Supervisory family! The Transit Supervisors Organization (TSO) was established in 1954, making us the oldest and most experienced Supervisors Organization in the Transit Authority.
As a new member of the TSO, you should know that the objectives, principles, and governance of our Organization are dictated by the International and Local Union’s Constitution and By-laws. As an Officer of this Union for the past 18 years, I am proud to say that our Organization has consistently been administered in a fair, democratic, open, and transparent way. Our objective has always been to improve the working conditions for all supervisors in the Transit Authority. We are currently in the process of updating our Constitution and By-laws and when completed, you will have the opportunity to vote on our revised Constitution and By-laws.
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.
The Local’s Executive Council met on Friday, October 9th, and decided that, until these organizing drives are complete, they would appoint interim Officers and Executive Council members for the newly established Maintenance Supervisors II – MOW Unit. The Council appointed the following:
- Joseph Betancourt, Chairman/Executive Council member
- Delroy Wilson, Vice Chairman/Executive Council member
- Demetrios Pothos, Recording Secretary
Your interim Chairman, Joe Betancourt, will organize and put in place an organizational structure for the MSII Unit. His initial task will be to map and devise a shop steward network that will ensure a sufficient, adequate and real time communication system that encompasses all the locations in this diverse and dispersed MSII membership in Subways.
Once the shop steward network is established, we will have a shop steward meeting to begin the process of understanding the issues, problems and concerns of the various groups. After which, we will develop strategies and solutions to address these issues. We will schedule a membership meeting in the very near future to discuss contract proposal ideas and answer any questions you may have.
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.