New Yorkers have one less potential transit delay to worry about after the union representing approximately 37,000 Metropolitan Transit Authority Workers reached a tentative contract with the city’s transit provider.
Transport Workers Local 100 President Tony Utano announced the tentative agreement in a statement Dec. 4, saying that the agreement would likely be ratified “in overwhelming fashion” by his members. The workers’ previous contract expired in May and the framework for the settlement was put in place over the weekend, according to Utano.
“I wish to thank TWU members for the incredible support you provided to me and the Local 100 leadership throughout this campaign,” Utano said in his statement. “We were truly united.”
The MTA workers operate New York City’s subway and bus lines, from maintaining the rail tracks to cleaning subway cars to driving public buses.
The terms of the agreement were not immediately available. The union said it would provide more details after the local’s Executive Board votes on it.
The MTA said in a statement that the agreement was “fair to taxpayers, our riders, and the tens of thousands of Transit employees who have worked hard to improve subway and bus service benefiting eight million daily customers.”
“This tentative agreement continues the forward momentum of NYC Transit that has led to a surge in subway on-time performance and ridership increases that reflect our customers’ returning confidence in the system,” the transit authority said.
Talks between the TWU and MTA had been tense at times with Utano declaring last month that MTA Chair Pat Foye’s demands were disrespectful to workers and warranted no further discussion.