Transit Tension Continues Amid Talk Of Contract Revote
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Some TWU members are signing a petition asking the union leadership and the MTA to let them vote again on the contract members voted down by just seven votes last month, but the head of the Transport Workers Union says talk of a contract re-vote is premature.
Union sources say Roger Toussaint made the comments at a board meeting Tuesday night. Hundreds of workers at an East New York Bus Depot have signed a petition asking for a revote on the same contract the union's rank and file narrowly rejected last month.
Meanwhile, the MTA voted Tuesday to approve the contract rejected by the Transport Workers Union.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 voted on the contract earlier this month, with 79 percent approving the MTA's offer, despite the rejection of the same contract by TWU members, who account for the majority of transit workers.
Local 1056 represents just 1,700 MTA bus drivers at three depots, including one in Queens Village.
ATU local 726, which covers bus drivers on Staten Island, also overwhelmingly approved the contract recently.
It's still not clear what kind of an impact the MTA's approval of the deal will have on its negotiations with TWU Local 100.
The TWU is now facing the possibility of going into binding arbitration with the MTA, which the union fiercely opposes.