TWU Local 100 Accuses MTA of ‘Shocking Violation of Good Faith Negotiating Practices’

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TWU Local 100 President telling reporters the MTA engaged in "bad-faith bargaining" by negotiating in the press. (Photo: Local 11)

Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate the city’s subways and buses, has pulled out of contract talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In a statement released today about their departure from the bargaining table, Local 100 accused the MTA of “negotiating in the press” in “a shocking violation of good faith negotiation tactics.”

“Negotiations were to resume on Thursday, January 19. That morning, an article appeared in the NY Daily News presenting givebacks that the MTA would be asking for at the meeting. This was a shocking violation of good faith negotiating practices and of a specific agreement with management to refrain from negotiating in the press,” the statement said. “This move, the second time in three days that management had seeded the press with its claims, poisoned the atmosphere for negotiations. Local 100 presented its protest and then cancelled the remainder of the bargaining session in order to clear the air before negotiations continued.”

TWU’s statement didn’t just accuse the MTA of planting the story. It also said the information contained in the story was inaccurate.

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Governor Cuomo On The MTA/TWU Contract Talks

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty)

Governor Cuomo appeared at the Riverfront Library Auditorium in Yonkers this morning to present his executive budget message and, during a Q&A after the presentation, The Politicker asked whether he’s optimistic the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be able to reach a deal on a new contract with Transit Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate New York City’s subway and bus system.

“You know I’m leaving that up to the MTA and Joe Lhota,” Governor Cuomo said.  Continue reading “Governor Cuomo On The MTA/TWU Contract Talks”

Transit Tango

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John Samuelsen speaking at the Local 100 rally Sunday night. (Photo: YouTube)

As the Giants fought the Packers in the divisional playoffs Sunday evening, another battle was unfolding at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held an all-night session of contract negotiations with the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate the city’s subways and buses.

Outside the hotel, the union held a raucous rally, where hundreds of members gathered in the freezing cold to hear their president, John Samuelsen, give a defiant speech about the contract talks. A pair of big-screen TVs broadcast the football game to the crowd. In addition to the winter chill and periodic cheers for the Giants, the threat of a crippling transit strike hung heavy in the air. Continue reading “Transit Tango”