AAA Contract Ratification Tally, By Division

AAA staffers open ballot envelopes in preparation for scanning on Feb 15th.
AAA staffers open ballot envelopes in preparation for scanning on Feb 15th.

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has provided the TWU Local 100 Elections Committee with an official final tally of ballots on the ratification vote for the contract covering TA, OA and MTA Bus members. As reported at the close of business on Wednesday February 15, 2017, the rank-and-file membership endorsed the contract by an overwhelming 70-30 percent margin with 10,540 voting YES and 4, 571 voting NO. Here is the vote count by division, in the order they were counted by AAA.

Division Votes "YES" Votes "NO"
Stations 1,414 394
Car Equipment 1,300 630
Train Operators 517 803
Surface Maintenance 317 110
Surface Operators 934 478
Conductor / Tower 390 746
LE/S 1,345 234
Track 412 364
Structure 612 168
Power 280 166
MaBSTOA Div. 1 752 150
MaBSTOA Div. 2 637 209
MABSTOA Maintenance 664 68
MTA Bus 928 45
Unknown Division 38 6

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said of the ratification:

"I want to thank rank-and-file transit workers for their strong show of support in ratifying this agreement with the MTA.  They recognized that the contract provides wage increases and other economic enhancements that will keep transit workers ahead of inflation, and fully protects their health coverage and wins important medical benefit gains without the concessions that are enshrined in city and state public sector patterns. It secures an unprecedented "me too" wage guarantee with the LIRR unions, which have the right to strike and are governed by federal law and wage patterns set by the national freight and commuter railroad sectors. The contract does not lock us into a long-term commitment, which provides an important hedge against any unforeseen spike in inflation.  For the first time, this contract has secured an agreement from the MTA to hire and utilize in house forces to retrofit the older parts of the transit infrastructure to provide clean, comfortable and safe crew areas for our sisters in transit. Over the next several months, our union will be plotting the course for 2017 and 2018, knowing that the potential of a national right-to-work bill and other destructive anti-trade union laws are likely coming our way. In this age of national political uncertainty, we must unite or risk great harm. In the coming months, I will be making extraordinary efforts to unify Local 100 to face this oncoming battle."