After two months of tough negotiations, Local 100 announced this afternoon that it has reached an agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on a new collective bargaining agreement for 38,000 Local 100 members. The contract expired at midnight Sunday but the negotiating teams continued to work through the night and all members were on the job today.
TWU International President Harry Lombardo and International Vice President and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola came to New York to show their support of Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen.
The agreement provides wage increases which are above inflation and it includes important economic benefits that will put more money into transit workers’ pockets. In addition there are improvements to workplace facilities for the women of Local 100—the MTA system was built without female employees in mind. This is a concession-free contract.
“We waged a multi-faceted campaign that raised the awareness about the value transit workers have to this city, the dangerous nature of their work, and the sacrifices they make to move 8 million riders a day,” Samuelsen said in a statement to the media.
More details will be available to Local 100 members in the coming days.