One of the local transit related stories that has not gotten much media attention is the ongoing negotiations between the MTA & TWU Local 100 on a new contract. Over the weekend while watching a local newscast, a report came on to announce that TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint promised that workers will not strike this time around. WNYC has more in this brief report:
The head of New York City’s transit union says the workers won’t go on strike again. Roger Toussaint made the pledge in an affidavit that seeks to restore Transport Worker Union Local 100’s right to collect dues from members’ paychecks automatically.
The 38,000-member union was stripped of that right as a penalty for a two-day strike just before Christmas in 2005. The walkout that shut down city subways and buses violated state law. Toussaint says in court papers quoted by the New York Times that the union does not intend to go on strike “now or in the future.”
The city says it won’t fight the TWU’s motion to win back dues collection rights because of the latest filing. A hearing on the motion is set for Monday in Brooklyn’s state Supreme Court.
I am sure this is great news to millions of riders who hope to never have to deal with a repeat of the (justified) 2005 transit strike that crippled mass transit & NYC.
xoxo Transit Blogger