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NYC Transit Workers Approve Contract

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 03:41 PM

New York's transit system took a big step toward labor peace Monday.

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents city subway and bus workers, approved a five-year contract with the MTA.  According to the union, 12,458 members voted in favor of the deal, and 2,681 were against.

"That is the largest yes vote in the history of the TWU," said TWU Local 100 president John Samuelsen.

The negotiations were brokered last month by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The deal would give workers an 8 percent raise over five years, retroactive to 2012, when the contract expired. Workers would increase what they pay for health care premiums to 2 percent of their pay, up from the current 1.5 percent.

The MTA's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the contract on Wednesday. If approved, the contract will go into effect immediately.

But while the contract with transit workers looks to be a done deal, the MTA's negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers are still unresolved. On Tuesday, a panel of federal mediators is expected to issue a contract recommendation.

"We hope to be able to resolve the LIRR dispute at the bargaining table, just as we did with the TWU," said Adam Lisberg, a spokesman for the MTA.

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Comments [3]

Steve: 2 percent raises in each of the next three years and a retroactive 1 percent raise that covers the last two years. http://www.wnyc.org/story/labor-deal-bus-subway-workers/

May. 20 2014 03:23 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

I always find it appalling to hear from those who don't like the deals with the TWU. They make a lot of sacrifices just so that you people can have a great ride. If the fares get hiked, it's just a small price to pay for good service. Honestly, I feel that those use the system the most should be the ones paying for it rather than having others foot the bill for them. Seriously, if you can do the job better and for less, then apply for it rather than complain about it, and maybe then you will see why they are asking for a living wage.

May. 20 2014 02:02 PM
Steve from sweet New Jersey

How does the 8% break down over the five years?

May. 20 2014 12:01 AM

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