Beth Fertig

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Union Board Backs Tentative Agreement

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The transit strike ended last week. But a deal on a new contract wasn't reached until late last night. That's when the executive board of the Transport Workers Union threw its weight behind a tentative agreement that would provide a wage increase of 10.5% over ...


Transit Union Strikes

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The union walked out of negotiations shortly after 11 p.m. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more on the offer that was rejected.

The MTA said it's offer was fair. A three percent raise in the first year, followed by 4 percent in the second year and three ...


Little Progress in Talks as City-wide Strike Deadline Looms

Monday, December 19, 2005

Some 50,000 commuters in Queens are having to find different ways to get around this morning. Workers with Jamaica Buses and Triboro Coach are on strike. It's a prelude to a possible wider transit strike that could spread to city subways and buses if a ...


No Progress in Transit Talks

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The MTA board is expected to approve its 2006 budget today, despite a threatened strike by the Transport Workers Union. The union wants more of the Transit Authority's surplus to be used for wages and benefits. The current contract expires tomorrow night and negotiations resume ...


To Strike or not to Strike: Straphangers' Voices

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

With the transit strike deadline approaching, WNYC's Beth Fertig asked bus and subway riders who they're siding with: the MTA or the transit workers union.

This story was produced by WNYC's Beth Fertig with help from Sally Herships.


Removing Conductors Illegal, Court Rules

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Lawyers for both the MTA and Transit Workers Union Local 100 will return to court today. A judge is considering arguments on whether to issue a court order to stop a potential subway and bus strike. Another MTA matter was in court yesterday: the transit ...


Transit Union Lays Out Priorities

Monday, December 12, 2005

Negotiations between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union are scheduled to resume tonight in midtown. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the union is laying out its priorities.

REPORTER: The two sides are far apart on salaries: the transit union wants a 24 percent raise over ...


MTA Makes Wage Offer to Union

Thursday, December 08, 2005

With the threat of a strike just one week away, the MTA has made its first wage offer to the Transport Workers Union. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, it was turned down.

REPORTER: The MTA offered a 2 year contract instead of the usual 3 ...


Transit Workers Speak out About Contract Issues

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Transport Workers Union has rejected the MTA's latest offer of a 2 year contract. And it's not ruling out a strike if a deal isn't reached by the December 15th deadline. There have only been 2 transit strikes in the past 40 years.



New Subway Rules Take Effect

Monday, December 05, 2005

New rules for subways riders take effect this morning and WNYC's Beth Fertig reports that straphangers should think twice before putting their feet or bags on a subway seat.

REPORTER: The rules were approved in September, but they officially go into effect today. New posters remind ...


City's Suit Against Gun Makers Gets Thumbs Up from Judge

Friday, December 02, 2005

A federal judge has ruled that New York City's lawsuit against gun manufacturers can go ahead, even though Congress passed a law protecting the firearms industry.

Judge Jack Weinstein said the new law shielding gun companies from lawsuits is constitutional. But he said it does not ...


Disability Advocate Checks Up on NYC Transit

Friday, December 02, 2005

In 1984, New York City Transit agreed to make its buses and subways more accessible for people with wheelchairs. The move followed a landmark lawsuit by disability advocates. Now, a 21-year-old college student is fighting to make sure that agreement is enforced throughout the transit ...


Katrina Evacuees in NYC Wait for Aid

Friday, November 11, 2005

It’s been two-and - half months since Hurricane Katrina forced more than half a million residents of the New Orleans area out of their homes. Most of those evacuees are scattered throughout Louisiana and Texas. But almost every state has accepted some, including New York. ...


'Yes' on Transit Measure Means Millions for 2nd Ave. Subway

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

New Yorkers approved a statewide measure to borrow $2.9 billion for transportation projects. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: With a big yes from the voters, several major transit projects in New York City are now back on track. The Second Avenue Subway, which has been ...


Prop. 1 & 2 Raise Questions of Thier Own

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Also on the ballot today are two statewide questions, giving New Yorkers a say on transportation funding and the state budget. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Elected officials and transit advocates have been rallying behind Proposition 2. The Transportation bond act would authorize the state ...


The Four Questions

Friday, November 04, 2005

When New Yorkers go to the polls on Tuesday to select their candidates, they'll also see two statewide ballot questions. Opponents and supporters of Proposition Numbers 1 and 2 have been campaigning to draw attention to these proposals. They're densely written but they address the ...


A Closer Look at Bloomberg's School Reform

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Michael Bloomberg has made reforming the public schools a major theme of his mayoralty. In 2002, he captured the Holy Grail that eluded previous New York Mayors when he dismantled the old Board of Education and took control of the schools. Since then, he’s made ...


Holiday Fare Reduction May Cause Confusion on Election Day

Friday, October 28, 2005

Now that MTA board members have endorsed a holiday fare reduction, some fear New Yorkers may be less inclined to vote in favor of a ballot initiative to borrow more money for transit. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The Transportation Bond Act, or Proposition Two, ...


Transportation Bond Act Suddenly in the Spotlight

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New York voters get to decide next month whether the state will borrow billions of dollars for transportation projects ranging from subways to highways. But as WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, the Transportation Bond Act has gotten little attention. Until now.

REPORTER: The transportation bond act is ...


Bloomberg Asks for More Housing in Lower Manhattan Plan

Monday, October 24, 2005

Mayor Bloomberg's new stance that Lower Manhattan's redevelopment should be revised has provoked some strong reactions. The mayor said he would much prefer to see more residential space than is currently in the mix and he would like developer Larry Silverstein off the project.