The MTA board met in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday within earshot of employees of the Amalgamated Transit Union who were demanding a new contract for ATU bus drivers that would include parity in base pay with the Transit Workers Union, which settled their contract before the pandemic.
The negotiations stalled after union members were called “heroes” by the MTA leadership publicly, but were offered “zeroes” in the actual contract negotiations. On Wednesday, scores of transit workers from ATU and supporting unions including TWU massed outside MTA headquarters and shouted their dismay. They demanded that the MTA offer ATU workers the same new, higher-paying contract received by the TWU earlier this year.
“We should get the same contract, but were told ‘we can’t bargain with you at this time’ and that is unacceptable,” said Mark Henry, ATU Local 1056 President/Business Agent. “We are here to make sure the safety of our members and the riding public is taking care of and they are shown the dignity and respect they deserve by guaranteeing the wages received by Local 100 and also to the ATU locals including 1179 and 1181, 726 and my local 1056. We should be treated fairly and given equal wages for an equal days work. I want to see the transit authority come to the table and settle these agreements with these locals. We are in the middle of a pandemic and we are doing the same job so we should be paid the same.” Read more in amNY!
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