ONWARD: By about a 2-to-1 margin, Transport Workers Union Local 100 rank and file ratified a four-year contract giving 9.8 percent in raises.

By a nearly 2-1 margin, Transport Workers Union Local 100 members ratified their four-year contract providing 9.8 percent in raises and containing a productivity clause that could allow them to share in savings from a cut in absences.

The American Arbitration Association conducted the tabulation of the mail-in ballots, which came in 10,112 "Yes" and 5,176 "No." Ballots were mailed out to 35,650 eligible members and were returned by 15,319.

In 2017 the previous union contract was approved by a more-than 2-to-1 margin with also fewer than half the eligible members casting a ballot. That pact expired last May 15.

Utano Gratified

“I want to thank transit workers for their support and unity during this hard-fought contract campaign,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “We moved forward with compounded raises of nearly 10% over the life of the contract, improved dental, free express bus passes, and more. “

He credited “a unified workforce” for the union successfully resisting “huge concessions like doubling our paycheck deductions for healthcare, turning full-time jobs into part-time positions, and paying overtime after 40 hours instead of eight. We did more than just hold our ground.”

In October, when the union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority seemed far apart, the TWU mustered a protest by 8,000 members and supporters outside the agency’s lower Manhattan headquarters.

Availability Deal

Initially, the agency, in hopes of reducing overtime, wanted to mandate that all union workers be available an average of three additional days a year. The contract calls for 1 ½ days of additional availability, with members sharing in any savings beyond the first additional day.

MTA Chairman Patrick Foye, who was the prime object of union derision at the October rally, called the contract a “win-win-win for our customers, taxpayers and hard-working employees.” He added that the terms would be submitted to the MTA board for final approval later this month.

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