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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Max Rose (NY-11)

Congressman Max Rose led a bipartisan effort with 13 other New York Members of Congress in urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to negotiate in good faith a fair and equitable contract. Earlier this year, the MTA and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 reached a contract agreement, but despite long-standing tradition of offering similar contracts to other transit unions, the MTA has not offered the same deal to ATU workers.

 

“We are writing to urge you to adhere to long-standing tradition and fairness by negotiating in good faith for an equitable contract for MTA workers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) on Staten Island and in Queens,” wrote Rose and the New York Representatives to Pat Foye, Chairman and CEO of the MTA, and John Costa International President of the ATU. “We understand that the MTA and ATU have yet to agree on a renewed contract, despite the MTA reaching an agreement with its largest union, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, in January. Pattern bargaining has been a consistent feature of transit work in New York more broadly and will provide stability for our workforce throughout the current pandemic in which so many transit workers have risked their lives.”

 

Joining Rose in signing the bipartisan letter are fellow New York Representatives Tom Suozzi, Lee Zeldin, Eliot Engel, Gregory Meeks, Adriano Espaillat, Yvette D. Clarke, Grace Meng, Kathleen Rice, Carolyn B. Maloney, José E. Serrano, Nydia Velázquez, Jerrold Nadler, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

 

The letter concludes, “TWU’s members in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx were rightfully called heroes during the pandemic and are due the 2.3% average raise over four years provided for in their contract. We ask that their brothers and sisters in ATU who perform the same work on Staten Island and in Queens receive an equitable contract. We urge you to honor the MTA’s tradition of pattern bargaining. As we did in the CARES Act, we will continue to lead the way in the fight for transit funding to ensure that MTA has the resources it needs to pay its workers fairly and safely operate the world’s greatest transit system.”

 

Full text of letter HERE and below:

 

Dear Mr. Foye and Mr. Costa:

 

We are writing to urge you to adhere to long-standing tradition and fairness by negotiating in good faith for an equitable contract for MTA workers represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) on Staten Island and in Queens. We understand that the MTA and ATU have yet to agree on a renewed contract, despite the MTA reaching an agreement with its largest union, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, in January. Pattern bargaining has been a consistent feature of transit work in New York more broadly and will provide stability for our workforce throughout the current pandemic in which so many transit workers have risked their lives.

 

New York City has of course been at the epicenter of our nation’s coronavirus outbreak. During these dark days, one bright light has been the selflessness of our transit workers. While many New Yorkers sheltered in place at home, these essential workers have reported to work each day, making sure that our transit-dependent constituents can get to the doctor, the grocery store, and the pharmacy. Without them, many of our exhausted doctors and nurses would not have been able to get to hospitals and save lives. The number of MTA workers killed by the coronavirus now stands at more than 120, and thousands have been infected because they are continuously exposed to large crowds of transit riders at close range, driving buses with major air flow issues.

 

Simultaneously, the MTA has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, with tollbox revenues plummeting and increased expenses associated with sanitizing the transit system increasing. We were proud to secure supplemental funding for the MTA to address these revenue shortfalls and to prevent service cuts, and support providing these workers with necessary hazard pay and benefits for the families of those who die in the line of duty. We therefore ask that you come to an agreement that will provide equitable benefits to all of New York’s transit workforce.

 

TWU’s  members in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx were rightfully called heroes during the pandemic and are due the 2.3% average raise over four years provided for in their contract. We ask that their brothers and sisters in ATU who perform the same work on Staten Island and in Queens receive an equitable contract. We urge you to honor the MTA’s tradition of pattern bargaining. As we did in the CARES Act, we will continue to lead the way in the fight for transit funding to ensure that MTA has the resources it needs to pay its workers fairly and safely operate the world’s greatest transit system.

 

Thank you for your consideration of our views.

 

Sincerely,

 

Max Rose

Member of Congress

 

Thomas R. Suozzi

Member of Congress

 

Lee Zeldin

Member of Congress

 

Eliot L. Engel

Member of Congress

 

Gregory W. Meeks

Member of Congress

 

Adriano Espaillat

Member of Congress

 

Yvette D. Clarke

Member of Congress

 

Grace Meng

Member of Congress

 

Kathleen M. Rice

Member of Congress

 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress

 

José E. Serrano

Member of Congress

 

Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

 

Jerrold Nadler

Member of Congress

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Member of Congress

 

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