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Influential Legislators Back TWU Contract Fight

March 28, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Writer Some of Albany’s heavy hitters (apart from the three men in the back room) stepped on stage at Albany’s Hart Theatre to endorse TWU Local 100’s demand that their next contract not mirror the concessions agreed to by upstate unions.

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A G Grows in Brooklyn

March 13, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Writer An online petition generated by the labor-friendly Working Families Party is gaining some traction in the effort to persuade the often tin-eared MTA to continue a service enhancement to the G Train in Brooklyn. This past Saturday the WFP put out an e-blast saying that 2,000 Brooklyn residents…

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“MTA Can Pay!”

February 29, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Reporter Fifty demonstrators from Local 100 and Occupy Wall Street packed the MTA’s public seating to capacity at the Authority’s monthly board meeting on February 29th. A dozen speakers brought Board Members’ attention to the fact that the MTA is choosing not to tap a reserve fund known as…

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Transient Taxes for Transit

February 29, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The Hudson River Valley business community’s chorus opposed to the MTA Payroll Tax rang all the way down to the southern tip of Manhattan. Governor Andrew Cuomo caved in to the refrains, which will subtract $250 million in dedicated funding to the MTA. But more tax exemptions…

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NICE Bus to Implement Service Changes

February 28, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter LaborPress reported in early January the new labor contract TWU Local 252 reached with the new private bus operator, Veolia Transportation Services, after the MTA and Nassau County couldn’t reach a new financial agreement to support public bus transit. We also reported, citing a report by Long Island…

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Republicans line up for the MTA

February 16, 2012By Neal Tepel State Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I –Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) had a convivial session with a dozen unions representing the workforce of the MTA – including New York City Transit, Metro North, various commuter lines, and Bridge and Tunnel operators. Meeting at the AFL-CIO building on…

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Community Leaders “Ratting Out” the MTA

January 9, 2012By Neal TepelLocal politicians frustrated over constituents’ complaints about rats on the subways gave the MTA an earful outside the 181st Street IRT stop Thursday night. As rush hour crowds streamed out of the station, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez talked about using the subway for 50 years and being angry about proliferating rats…

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Local 726 Bus Operator Mourns Stricken Teenager

January 6, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter A bus operator has to go through rigorous training before he or she can navigate the roads with competing vehicles, pedestrians crossing the street without waiting for a red light and unpredictable weather during the day or night. But there are no training preparation or safety measures that…

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Lhota Meets Labor

December 24, 2011By Neal TepelNo one among the fifty-odd labor leaders assembled in DC 37’s 5th Floor conference room could remember a comparable event: Virtually every union representing MTA workers in an unscripted and frank 90-minute discussion on Thursday December 22th with the MTA Chairman. Asked to meet with the members of the MTA Labor…

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Statement from Co-Chairs Robert Jackson and Fernando Cabrera on Governor Cuomo’s decision to sign Taxi/Livery Reform Bill into Law

December 22, 2011 “Governor Cuomo’s agreement to sign the taxi/livery bill is a huge victory for the city, specifically the residents of Northern Manhattan, and the outer boroughs. The Black, Latino and Asian Caucus is very proud of having played a key role in leading the fight to get this bill passed and ultimately signed into…

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