FRIDAY, APRIL 18 -- At a meeting of TWU Local 100's Executive Board called by President John Samuelsen yesterday, the Board voted to "strongly recommend" to the Union membership, approval of the five-year agreement signed off on earlier in the day by Samuelsen and MTA CEO Tom Prendergast. The vote was 33 in favor, with none opposed and 2 abstaining. Before the vote, President Samuelsen went over the agreement and took questions, reviewing the 8-page memorandum of understanding negotiated by the parties. This memorandum will be sent to every member in good standing along with a ratification ballot so that everyone can see the complete details of the agreement. The Union has also put together a cost-out of what the prospective raises will mean in dollars and cents for every year of the agreement. The first two and a half years of raises will be retroactive, so a retro check will go out to every member after ratification of the agreement. A detailed chart breaking down the retro money for every title will be out soon.
The Agreement in Brief
Wages: The Agreement provides for compounded raises of 1, 1, 2, 2, and 2 percent over five years, retroactive to January 16, 2012. This is a cumulative raise of 8.25%, which equals an approximate raise of $6,000 for the average transit worker. Click here for a wage progression chart for our titles.
First Time Ever "Universal” Railroad Pass: TWU Local 100 members living outside the five boroughs will receive railroad passes allowing them to use either Metro North or the LIRR to go back and forth to work for free, depending on where they live. This is a tremendous economic win for our members living on Long Island or north of the City. Monthly passes on the railroads routinely cost $300 per month or more. That's a $3,000 to $4,000 annual economic benefit for thousands of Local 100 members. We will be able to ride SIRTOA for free now as well with our EPIC Pass.