The drama between the MTA & Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU Local 100) continues as in a move that comes as no surprise, the MTA is asking a judge to toss the 11% raises awarded to union members by an arbitration panel. I first noted the agency was considering doing this 10 days ago when they were in the beginning stages of studying for a possible appeal. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more in this report:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will ask a judge to toss out a controversial contract raising hourly pay rates by more than 11% over three years, transit sources said Tuesday.
A court battle, including appeals, could drag on for more than a year with wages potentially frozen at current levels, lawyers familiar with such litigation said.
An arbitration panel appointed by the state Public Employees Relations Board crafted the three-year pact after holding closed-door hearings.
A majority of the three-member panel concluded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – which recently raised fares and tolls – could afford the raises.
But acting MTA CEO Helena Williams has said the pact, released two weeks ago, will blast a $350 million hole in MTA financial plans.
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Does anyone want to take a guess as to how long this round of the never ending war between these two sides will last? This particular round looks like it has staying power.
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