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The Call Blog: MTA And Transit Workers Reach Tentative Contract Deal

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It's funny how an election year will get people finally agreeing after years of disagreeing. Regardless, I hope this deal will spur some action with the City's municipal unions - all of which, with the exception of just one, are working on expired contracts.



After working without a contract for more than two years, the MTA and the union representing subway and bus workers have tentatively agreed to a five-year deal. The new contract would give some 34,000 employees retroactive raises of one percent for 2012 and 2013, and two percent raises in 2014, 2015 and 2016. If approved by union members and the MTA Board, the new contract would not affect fares.

A deal was reached one day after the Transport Workers Union Local 100 asked Governor Cuomo to help resolve the two-year stalemate. As part of the agreement, employees would pay an increased share of health care costs, from 1.5% to 2% percent of the employee’s salary. Currently, around 150 contracts between municipal unions and the City have expired. Should this deal with the State serve as a blueprint?

Are the terms of the tentative deal between the MTA and the TWU fair? Should municipal unions also get retroactive pay and raises in exchange for more contributions to their healthcare? Do you give Governor Cuomo credit for brokering this deal, or do you think he stepped in now because it's an election year?

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The employees should of received a 2% raise for 2012 and 13 also that's only fair they have bills to pay and families to support, the municipal unions should get the same deal. Gov Cuomo only stepped in because this is a election year, the MTA should raise the fare so my buddies can get a faIR and decent contract because they're the ones that keep our city moving.


Herman
Upper West Side



Unions are leeches on the economy. They should all be shut down.

Joe
Port Richmond



The unions are entitled to their retroactive pay since they the unions are the ones that
have bailed out the city. This is why Bloomberg should have at least settled with
them. It’s their money and it has been more than 10 years since they bailed out
the city.
So now Bloomberg is back to his old self by threating politicians that are running for
office and are not coinciding with his beliefs about gun control. I myself would not
have given him so much air time at all.
We have enough problems the way everything stands now in this city and we certainly
don’t need to have to put up with both the past and present administrations.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



I'm sure that the "those-greedy-transit-workers-are-gonna-raise-my-fare" crowd will have a field day complaining about the tentative contract between the TWU and the MTA, and they'll be wrong. The total cost of this contract over 5 years will amount to a fraction of what the MTA currently pays annually in interest payments on its enormous debt, and the debt (covering cost overruns for capital projects like the 2nd Ave. subway) is the true driver of future fare increases.

PETE
MANHATTAN



Not only is it about time, but they should backcharge Bloomberg for impacting peoples lives in a negative way.

Roscoe
Park Hill



As a municipal employee we have the Taylor law that states can not strike and we work in good faith until the city and the union comes to an agreement.



yes we should get back pay for time we worked

John



This doesn't seem like a good deal for transit workers. The giveback in health insurance negates the raise. If the city uses this as a "blueprint" for other unions, there are going to be alot of unhappy civil servants.

Kate
Midtown East



Cuomo gets the credit. He passed the budget on time 4 years in a row, and kept spending growth to 2%.

Joe
Staten Island



I'm from NYC sanitation enforcement fans we have been without contract since 2010. Our pay is even significantly less than transit and We were told we would not get retro.
They should appreciate what they are getting.



JOHN FROM CHELSEA SAID A MOUTH FULL........WE GOT THE CRAPPY PART OF THE DEAL...THE FAREBEATERS ARE GONNA GET BEST OF THE DEAL.....THEY WANT US TO SUCK UP THIS 2% RAISE....MAYBE NOT NOW..BUT EVENTUALLY...TRANSIT'S PAYING CUSTOMERS IS GONNA GET A RAISE IN FARE....MEANWHILE..THE FAREBEATER IS GONNA CONTINUE TO GIVE THEIR %100 ...WHICH IS NOTHING!!!

McGriff
Brooklyn



Don't be so tunnel visioned with retroactive pay, in 2005, and again in 2007, under the direction of their union president, city Correction Officers jumped at contracts that offered retro, but in exchanges took away so many of their rights, that the NY City Dept. of Correction practically became a right to work agency, that appears to have a probationary period that lasts until you retire.

Anonymous Correction Officer



MTA workers should be happy even if the raise is not that greatest !! Just health care and to have a JOB and not going to strike ,, look at the airport worker!! what is they paid? And what someone without health care has to paid for health care ,, there other city employees and workers in general the has to deal with worse contract , all I ask is for a little rise ! Health care and to keep our job with out strike !!

Luis
32BJ member



This contract is not good. I don't think the employees will sign off on this. Asking members to contribute 2% of salary is too much. We can't afford this. They would have too give a much higher increase in pay.

Denise
Harlem



I worked at the housing authority back in 1990 and moved around to different agency's (transit, nyc dept of juvenile justice) now I'm at dept of corrections, what has complicated getting raises is that before it was a sure thing to get the retro but now when time passes by and nobody is obligated to talk to each other, now it's a problem with retro once so many years have passed logically knowing that the city is going to say that it's too high of an amount to payback retro. I think there should be some kind of language in the contracts that forces negotiations within a reasonable time period to avoid any issues with retro pay.

Kenny
Queens



Be grateful you have a job and a union job at that! I work for $25 an hour and my health care is $721.00 a month guess what my employer makes NO contribution! the fact that you have coverage at almost no cost to you is already insane!

And ps every time I see a cashier at a station they're passed out!

Michael
Manhattan

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