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Sander predicts no strike as talks with TWU continue

by Benjamin Kabak

To add insult to financial injury, the MTA’s current contract with the Transit Workers Union is set to expire at the end of the month. Now would probably be a good time to force TWU to accept staffing level cutbacks and stagnant salaries, but the MTA can ill afford another transit strike. To that end, TWU and MTA officials have been negotiated for a while, and MTA CEO and Executive Director Elliot Sander predicts that a strike will be avoided. That’s good news for the beleaguered MTA.

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Mr. Eric January 2, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Yeah “stagnant salaries” are fair while every other union has gotten 4% a year increases this year in the current economic climate. Thats a disgusting comment!!!

This union has been doing more with less for years now while being promised to be recognized in ” the next contract”. Plus it’s the only major union that has to pay into there medical. The more you make the more you are forced to pay for the same benefits.

Benjamin Kabak January 2, 2009 - 4:49 pm

Ok. The “stagnant salaries” phrasing wasn’t the most diplomatic. I don’t think they shouldn’t get paid more but they shouldn’t get a pay increase greater than others.

Just out of curiosity, though, how do you respond to the numerous MTA employees who literally sleep on the job?

Mr. Eric January 2, 2009 - 6:22 pm

The same way I respond to the countless cops that sleep in there patrol cars, the firefighters that sleep in the station house, the airline pilots that sleep in there crew quarters.

When the job needs to be done it gets done. With that said there are bad “apples” in every company especially if you have 40,000 employees in TA alone.

The biggest difference is the TWU is an incredibly weak union with horrible public relations while the cops, firefighters, snatation, corrections, and teachers have stronger unions who use the public to help them.

Chris January 4, 2009 - 5:28 pm

The NYPD and FDNY aren’t corporations, and they don’t have to face the reality of a $1 billion+ deficit. Yes, waste is prevalent in those organizations and the unions defend it, but when people are forced to foot the bill for this waste TWICE – in their taxes and in the fares they pay – there is no excuse for it.

I find it troubling how much waste the average MTA customer witnesses just on a daily basis, yet nothing has been done about it and the organization is crying for charity. Whose fault is it: MTA management? The union? Both? Both is the answer, but no matter what the MTA tries to do, the union will never concede defeat while many of the workers it represents suck the system dry.

rhywun January 2, 2009 - 8:10 pm

> the TWU is an incredibly weak union

Public sector unions are “weak” on purpose because they tend to cripple the city every once in a while, and because their natural enemies are taxpayers rather than shareholders.

Mr. Eric January 2, 2009 - 10:00 pm

The 40 thousand plus TWU members ARE taxpayers so no they aren’t the enemy!!

The PBA or teachers union are incredibly strong for example.

rhywun January 3, 2009 - 12:08 am

So I guess that means no more strikes.

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