Mta Union Reach Agreement To Save Jobs


Negotiations between the two sides had reached a peak in recent months, with a union leader threatening to publicly “camouflage and pluck” MTA leader Pat Foye and others. “This project work agreement is a real asset for both LIRR drivers and the men and women workers of local unions on Long Island,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “As the MTA makes progress on major repair and improvement projects, this agreement will help reduce costs while creating and maintaining good jobs on Long Island. I congratulate the leaders of the MTA and the Nassau and Suffolk Construction Council for their hard work in securing this agreement. An agreement between MTA management and one of its largest unions will prevent layoffs for hundreds of workers by the end of 2020, but workers working from home also demand that they accept a 10% pay cut, union officials said. In exchange, the City promised not to fire any of the union members until June 30. If New York gets a federal bailout – probably based on Joe Biden winning the White House and Democrats retain power in the Senate – the promise not to lay off will be extended by a year. The union, which represents all the men and women who run subways and buses, had been out of contract since May 15. The first project to benefit from the agreement submitted for approval by the MTA Board of Directors is the Civil and Structural Work for Phase 1 of the construction of a second track on the main line between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, which is expected to begin early next year.

The MTA has provided $137.7 million for this first phase of its 2010-2014 capital plan. As part of the agreement, the railway guarantees that its contract partners will employ only trade workers in construction industry collective agreements on Long Island, a key theme for work, where many local jobs will be employed in recent years by non-governmental enterprises that employ non-union workers. Ed Romaine, the head of the town of Brookhaven, said: “This agreement, announced today by Governor Cuomo, will give our region a major economic boost. By creating up to 500 jobs in the private sector and saving more than $6 million, it is a real win for our people, and I thank the Governor for his leadership on this issue.¬†Other projects that have been completed are: the new Suffolk Electric Yard ($76.6 million); Hicksville Station Improvements ($55.2 million) and Hicksville North Siding (US$37.7 million); Replacement Ellison Avenue Bridge in Mineola ($39.2 million); Great Neck Pocket Track Extension ($25.8 million); replacing the Wantagh station platform ($20.7 million); and the Colonial Road Bridge, also in Great Neck ($9.5 million). The total cost of union work for these projects was initially estimated at $60.1 million. “The MTA is the economic engine of the region and this groundbreaking agreement will ensure that the jobs we create through our capital program will remain on site and help Long Island`s economy,” said Thomas Prendergast, MTA Chairman. “At the same time, by working with organized work, we will be able to reduce costs and save valuable dollars for these LIRR projects.” MTA spokeswoman Meredith Daniels did not confirm the details of the agreement with the TCU, but said the parties “continue an open dialogue on how best to maintain a crowded staff and a safe working environment in these difficult budgetary times.” The Nassau and Suffolk Construction Council is a confederation representing 20 trade unions, all signatories to the agreement.