The latest shot in the raise battle between the MTA & Transport Workers Union Local 100 was fired earlier today when hundreds of union members protested in the streets of midtown. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more in this report:
In a scene reminiscent of the tumultuous days leading to the 2005 bus and subway strike, hundreds of transit workers took to the streets of midtown Wednesday morning to demand a contract.
More than 350 workers protested the MTA’s refusal to accept a pact that would raise hourly pay rates by more than 11 percent over three years, which an arbitration panel awarded.
After failing to negotiate a deal directly, union and management agreed in January to go to arbitration with expectations that the panel’s decision would be final.
But after the award was released in August, the MTA claimed the panel made legal and factual mistakes. It has asked a judge to toss it out.
“They’re very damned upset,” Curtis Tate, acting president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, said of the rank-and-file. “It’s ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t.'”
Click here for the complete report.
Readers of this blog know where I stand on the issue. I applaud the union for fighting on behalf of their members. While many people want to incorrectly group all MTA workers as lazy & overpaid, those of us with common sense know that is not the case.
In what comes as no surprise to me, some of the replies left to Pete’s report are the same ridiculous anti-worker themes presented at every possible turn. After awhile, I wonder why I even bother acknowledging the idiocy. One day I hope to see an end to the notoriously dicey relationship between MTA leadership & its workforce. Until then, the battle wages on.
xoxo Transit Blogger