MTA Going Forward With Appeal Plans

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.

Click here for the complete report.

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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Now I can’t wait to see what the Retro Check looks like for us when the dust settles.If this gets thrown out,you KNOW the TWU will settle for nothing less than what was WON in Arbitration and all bets are off..ALSO,it will bring in hundreds of other fights from other Unions and entities (INCLUDING) Major League Baseball for they dealt with arbitration as wel.Prepare for a dirty and knuckle scraping fight.

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