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MTA Tries to Weasel Out

 

 

Our Arbitration Awards for 2009-2012 are going to court. On August 21, TWU Local 100 filed court papers seeking a judgment confirming the Awards. On August 26, the NY Daily News reported that the MTA plans to go to court seeking to get the Awards overturned. Meanwhile, the MTA is refusing to carry out any of the terms.

 

The law makes PERB’s Interest Arbitration Awards final and binding. That is why Mayor Bloomberg, Peter Kalikow, the NY Post and the Daily News insisted so strongly in 2005 that we go to arbitration.

 

But now that we have gone to arbitration and they don’t like the results, this same cast of characters has been huffing and puffing against the Awards. Apparently, they think the law only matters when they like the results.

 

The situation is not helped by those in our own ranks who have spread misinformation and confusion about the Awards instead of defending them against Bloomberg’s attacks. It is hard to see what the point is to this, except to weaken us when we are in a desperate fight to hold on to what we have just gotten.

 

All this hue and cry has set the scene for the MTA to refuse to abide by the Arbitration Awards. It is unlikely that they can prevail in court, since they have neither fact nor law going for them. However, it is likely that they will try to drag this out as long as possible and try to use it to isolate us.

 

The message from Bloomberg and the MTA is that the law is there to protect the rich and public agencies, not for the likes of transit workers. We will not accept this. Transit workers have as much right to the protection of law as anyone else. We got a fair settlement in arbitration and we are not giving it up. We are going to persevere and we are going to win.

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MTA Tries to Weasel Out

 

 

Our Arbitration Awards for 2009-2012 are going to court. On August 21, TWU Local 100 filed court papers seeking a judgment confirming the Awards. On August 26, the NY Daily News reported that the MTA plans to go to court seeking to get the Awards overturned. Meanwhile, the MTA is refusing to carry out any of the terms.

 

The law makes PERB’s Interest Arbitration Awards final and binding. That is why Mayor Bloomberg, Peter Kalikow, the NY Post and the Daily News insisted so strongly in 2005 that we go to arbitration.

 

But now that we have gone to arbitration and they don’t like the results, this same cast of characters has been huffing and puffing against the Awards. Apparently, they think the law only matters when they like the results.

 

The situation is not helped by those in our own ranks who have spread misinformation and confusion about the Awards instead of defending them against Bloomberg’s attacks. It is hard to see what the point is to this, except to weaken us when we are in a desperate fight to hold on to what we have just gotten.

 

All this hue and cry has set the scene for the MTA to refuse to abide by the Arbitration Awards. It is unlikely that they can prevail in court, since they have neither fact nor law going for them. However, it is likely that they will try to drag this out as long as possible and try to use it to isolate us.

 

The message from Bloomberg and the MTA is that the law is there to protect the rich and public agencies, not for the likes of transit workers. We will not accept this. Transit workers have as much right to the protection of law as anyone else. We got a fair settlement in arbitration and we are not giving it up. We are going to persevere and we are going to win.

 

On this topic the Transit Union got a fair contract and the (MTA) NYC/NYS SHOULD HONOR IT. The mangement can 'adjust' the contract in 2012.

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