NEW YORK - A tentative labor agreement to settle a two-year-old contract dispute between the MTA and TWU Local 100, was announced on Thursday. The tentative agreement protects fare payers while providing a fair and reasonable five-year contract to TWU Local 100’s 34,000 transit workers.
“This is a fair and equitable contract for transit workers,” said TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. “The agreement secures raises in every year of the contract, with full retroactive pay and provides for historic paid maternity and paternity leave, as well as important improvements to our membership’s healthcare, dental, and eye benefit package. The MTA is a vital part of this City and I am pleased to present a contract to the membership that recognizes their hard work, dedication, and service. I commend the hand of partnership extended by Governor Cuomo and I appreciate his leadership in helping bridge the divide and bring us to this contract agreement.”
MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said, “Once again over the course of Governor Cuomo’s three years in office, he has provided timely support to the MTA, this time helping to finalize a fair and responsible contract, just as he has given us consistent increases in the MTA operating budget. The MTA’s finances are always our foremost concern, and this contract is a responsible one that acknowledges and reflects that the MTA’s budget and projected budgets. I thank John Samuelsen, the leader of TWU Local 100, and a longtime colleague of mine at the MTA, for his partnership throughout this process.”
Under the terms of the agreement, TWU workers would receive increases within the 2% cap that Governor Cuomo has achieved with state labor contracts (1% increase in each of the first 2 years, beginning with 2012, and 2% increases in the last 3 years). Employees would pay an increased share of health care costs – increasing from 1.5% to 2% percent of the employee’s salary – but would receive important new benefits including paid maternity/paternity leave, coverage of health care for surviving spouses of deceased TWU retirees, and improvements to dental and optical benefits.
The contract will have no impact on MTA fares and will be accommodated within revisions to the MTA financial plan.
The tentative agreement is subject to approval by the TWU Local 100 executive board, ratification by the membership, and subsequent approval by the MTA board.