The 2005 Transit Strike hurt many people from the riders down to the actual union who represented the workers who went on strike. Due to their strike, TWU Local 100 was hit with serious penalties including losing their “dues check-off” status. This status enabled them to automatically collect union dues from members’ paychecks. The union tried to get this status re-enabled last year but their request was denied. William Neuman of the New York Times has more on this victory for TWU Local 100 in his report:
A Brooklyn judge on Monday lifted the last remaining penalty against the transit workers union for its 2005 strike, saying that the union could once again begin collecting dues directly from members’ paychecks.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 had lost what is known as dues check-off in the aftermath of the strike, which violated the state’s Taylor Law barring strikes by public sector unions.
The union was also fined $2.5 million.
The dues check-off was suspended in June 2007. As a result the union’s revenues dropped significantly, with the shortfall in collections likely totaling millions of dollars.
Many members signed up to have their dues deducted automatically from their bank accounts. But some members stopped paying dues altogether while others paid only some of their dues.
The union represents subway and bus workers and has about 38,000 members.
Click here for the complete report.
I’m sure Roger Toussaint is thrilled with this victory. I know how hard it was for them to collect dues as many employees I knew did not keep up with paying them.
xoxo Transit Blogger