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MTA may fight panel's hefty pay hikes for transit workers

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MTA may fight panel's hefty pay hikes for transit workers

By Pete Donohue

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

 

Saturday, August 15th 2009, 4:00 AM

 

 

 

A state judge can throw out a contract after concluding arbitrators didn't properly apply the criteria mandated by the legislation, including an employer's ability to pay wages and benefits.

 

The pact grants transit workers staggered annual raises totaling 4%, 4% and 3.5% over the three-year contract.

 

MTA officials said it would increase costs by $350 million.

 

The major provisions in the contract crafted by the arbitrators mirror the terms supported last year by MTA CEO Elliot Sander and NYC Transit President Howard Roberts before direct talks with union boss Roger Toussaint ended and the two sides turned to arbitration to finalize a deal. Sander resigned in May.

 

The MTA under acting CEO Helena Williams tried unsuccessfully to steer the panel away from the framework supported by Sander and Roberts, concluding it spelled a bad financial deal for the authority, even if it included removing conductors from some subway lines.

 

A union spokesman said the MTA's legal review is "another attempt by the MTA to mask its incompetence."

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/08/15/2009-08-15_mta_may_fight_hefty_pay_hikes_for_transit_workers.html#ixzz0OMJZaCDq

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The only way a judge would reverse a binding arbitration award is if a conflict of interest was proven on the part of the independent member of the panel, or if he exceeded his authority. Otherwise no judge would dare reverse a binding award as it would create a dangerous precedent, especially in this city.

 

MTA: Just let it go, give us our meager crumbs, and try again in 2012.

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The only way a judge would reverse a binding arbitration award is if a conflict of interest was proven on the part of the independent member of the panel, or if he exceeded his authority. Otherwise no judge would dare reverse a binding award as it would create a dangerous precedent, especially in this city.

 

MTA: Just let it go, give us our meager crumbs, and try again in 2012.

 

Agreed. A contract is a contarct. Its not the unions fault if the MTA exces along w/ NYC AND NYS 'overpaid' the MTA workers/TWU as the economy went down the tubes. Hopefully not another citywide strike will occur at end of this contract but the mangement can adjust then.

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The MTA is just angry that they didn't dominate the award like last time. We haven't gotten a decent contract in the last 4 contracts so the TA got used to crushing the union in negotiations. This time they didn't destroy the union it was basically a draw and the TA can't handle it.

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Why are you posting this on here? This isn't the place for internal union correspondence.

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Why are you posting this on here? This isn't the place for internal union correspondence.

 

I took it down as not to offend you or any other member of this forum. Be aware that this was not an internal memo it was written as an op-view, not as a union proganda. The person who wrote it, is the Train Operator chairman and was writing his thoughts on why he would vote no on this contract.

 

I thought it be a place to share this information and start a discussion on it. I was wrong and I do apology.

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