December 20th-22nd, 2005 are 3 days that many tri-state area residents would like to forget. For those living under a rock, those 3 days featured a transit strike by Transport Workers Union Local 100 employees which pretty much killed the use of mass transit throughout the city. Years later the TWU Local 100 is back in the news but not in a bad way. According to a report over the weekend by New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue, the MTA & TWU Local 100 are potentially near a deal involving bus drivers & mechanics working for MTA Bus Company:
Top MTA and transit union officials have been holding secret negotiations to hammer out a contract months ahead of schedule – and without the usual rancor, the Daily News has learned.
In a potential sign that a tentative deal is not far off, sources said the sides were close to an agreement on raises for bus drivers and mechanics working at the MTA Bus Co., a division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Resolving wage and other issues concerning workers in the MTA Bus Co. division has been portrayed as a major hurdle that needed to be overcome before a pact encompassing the entire bus and subway workforce could be reached.
Click here for the complete report.
While there was no talk of strikes, it is nice to see both sides being proactive in hammering out a new contract in advance. Why chance any sort of hostility or war if you don’t have to do so.
xoxo Transit Blogger