Utano Issues Update on MTA Contract Negotiations

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Local 100 President Tony Utano released the following report to the membership after main table discussions with the MTA:

“We met with the MTA today (May 15, 2019) on main table discussions.  We did not reach an agreement on a new contract, and quite frankly we are not close to a negotiated settlement. Our agreement with the MTA expires at midnight tonight.  I have scheduled a Local 100 Executive Board meeting for tomorrow to present a full report. Under New York State law, our current agreement remains in effect.  Management cannot change it in any way.

To date, MTA Chair and CEO Pat Foye has not attended any meetings.  My message to him is to get serious and start bargaining in good faith.  This isn’t that complicated. Transit workers are on the job under the worst of conditions.  We have contributed mightily to better service and more reliable on time performance as a result of the Subway Action Plan.

We are increasingly the target of criminal assault in the subways and on the buses. Through it all, we continue to deliver New York City’s most essential public service, and we do it 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We expect to be recognized for our efforts with a fair contract.”

In the photo: Taken at the Union Hall in the Quill Room, management (on the left) faces labor. At the table for TWU Local 100 are our top 11 officers and attorneys. Representatives from ATU Locals 726 and 1056 are also on the right. NYCT President Andy Byford and MTA Managing Director Ronnie Hakim are seated with the MTA management team.