2017 Supervisor Legislative Priorities

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On June 7th, Independent Democratic Conference member, Senator Diane Savino introduced the first of its kind legislation that protects our members from the toxic exposure of diesel fumes and steel dust. 

It was through the efforts of the Subway-Surface Transit Supervisors Political Activity Corporation that drafted this legislation and found a sponsor to introduce this groundbreaking and historic bill.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Employees of the New York city transit authority who become disabled due to their exposure to hazardous or toxic agents while performing their job, will be eligible for a disability retirement if certain criteria is established. It will be presumed that any employee who develops one or more of the illnesses and maladies in the proposed legislation, that the increased exposure to hazardous or toxic materials while at their work location will be the primary cause of such illness or disease. These employees would then be eligible for a disability retirement as provided by their retirement system

JUSTIFICATION :

Members of the transit authority are exposed to hazardous and toxic substances throughout their work day. Diesel fumes in bus garages as well as in subway tunnels when the diesel engine repair trains are in use are encountered at alarming rates. Subway workers are also constantly subjected to exposure to steel dust from the natural deterioration of both the train wheels and the train rails. The World Health Organization has studied the effect of these toxic substances on workers and concluded that there is a direct correlation between this exposure and the manifestation of certain illnesses and diseases.

In 2012 the World Heath Organization classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans.   Since then, there have been attempts to address this issue through legal proceeding and workers compensation.  So far the results have been mixed.

Our legislation eliminates the time, effort and uncertainly our members faces if he or she should develop one or more of the illnesses and maladies in the proposed legislation.  We would like to thank Gordon Warnock and Senator Savino for drafting and introducing this legislation.


We are happy to announce that the TSO and the SSSA has formed the Subway-Surface Transit Supervisors Political Activity Corporation to jointly promote and support legislation that benefits our members and supervisors.  We have introduced legislation that would make assaulting a Supervisor  while performing their duties a felony.  We are working on a number of other bills that we will post as they are introduced.


Within the past month two  of our Dispatchers in the Bronx have been assaulted while on their foot posts performing their duties.  Both were taken to the hospital as a result of their injuries and were treated and released.  The Union is currently working with the Authority and law enforcement to identify and bring to justice their attackers.  However, if they are apprehended, these criminals at most will face misdemeanor charges.  We believe assaulting a supervisor while performing his or her duties is a very serious offense and should be treated as such.  To address this, we are partnering with the Subway Surface Supervisors Association (SSSA) to introduce legislation that would make assaulting a supervisor while performing their duties a felony.