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Appealing the TWU arbitration decision

by Benjamin Kabak

According to a report in the Daily News, the MTA plans to ask a judge to toss the TWU arbitration decision and overturn the 11 percent salary hikes. Pete Donohue reports, “A court battle, including appeals, could drag on for more than a year with wages potentially frozen at current levels, lawyers familiar with such litigation said.” The TWU’s public relations firm issued a fairly out-there statement criticizing the MTA for hiring lawyers to take care of their legal business, and the MTA declined to comment. In the end, all of these labor machinations are bound to create ill will between the MTA and its unions, and this story could just drag on for a while.

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Anon August 27, 2009 - 6:21 pm

What’s the purpose of binding arbitration if it’s not binding? Would this make a mockery of our judicial system?

Thompson 2009 September 1, 2009 - 11:25 pm

Cronyism and patronage at the MTA is causing us to be the highest taxed state in the land….Billions of tax dollars given away in no-bid contracts and cost over-runs on projects that are given to well heeled connections are burning tax payers. Our rich mayor wants us to believe that the MTA workers ( THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE MTA) with their 3% yr raises are killing them, what a joke!

The Mayor and Governor should first explain why the Verrazano Bridge costs $11.00 to cross. I’ll give them two answers to choose from.

1. The toll-takers salaries are too high.

2. The interest on the Mta Revenue Bonds issued so the MTA can squander more money is strangling the State of New York.

They’ll choose #1…elitists always think were stupid.

Anon August 27, 2009 - 6:27 pm Reply
rhywun August 27, 2009 - 11:46 pm

So… the MTA is doing exactly what it’s supposed to be doing–defending the taxpayers’ interest. Nothing to see here, move along. Of course, the whole idea of guaranteed no-questions-asked raises is ridiculous, but c’est la vie.

Basic Citizen August 28, 2009 - 12:58 pm

So basically what you are saying is,all Transit workers except for mamagement do NOT deserve raises as prices skyrocket? Is welfare next for transit workers?

Alon Levy August 31, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Prices are not increasing right now.

Tony September 1, 2009 - 8:59 pm

You are a complete idiot. Every bill I have has gone up this year.

Niccolo Machiavelli August 29, 2009 - 6:00 pm

Rhywun, in this case your and the MTA’s position is more “c’est la guerre.”

Basic Citizen September 1, 2009 - 4:36 am

Elon…Prices aren’t increasing? OK……..you are WRONG.With this recession,My landlord raised my rent by $100. a month,secondly my cable,gas and electric bill as well as my cell phone all have went up. and haven’t added anything.I don’t go out to dinner and movie with the wife because movies/dinner once a month went up,taxes as well have increased and my Gym membership went up to……..OH and of course the Metrocard fares went up in which My wife gets the 30 day to help as well.Now may I add the stuff you buy on an everyday basis as coffee,newspapers on the weekend, and other misc. stuff that we need to get by on.I am now spending approx. $250. more this year than last year per month,and thats including no date night once a month as part of a sacrifice to save money.Now tell me again that prices aren’t increasing and why we do not deserve a raise.

Basic Citizen September 1, 2009 - 10:13 pm

I know….I was wondering what part of Perfect USA this guy lives in. Bills haven’t gone up! lol on what planet?


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