Transit Workers Rally Outside MTA Headquarters, Demand Fair Contract

Mack Rosenberg
October 30, 2019 - 7:37 pm
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City Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of transit workers rallied outside MTA headquarters Wednesday, demanding a fair contract.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reports, they held signs reading, “You think you hate the MTA? Try working for it,” and “No More Divide And Conquer.”

From bus drivers and subway engineers to track workers, they all say they want one thing: A fair deal.

"Transit Authority has not been negotiating in good faith. Transit workers have been out there struggling, getting the system up to a standard of good repair and this is how they treat us. So we're out here rallying for a good contract,” said one protester.

Their last contract expired in May and talks have stalled in recent months.

City Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez says with new revenue streams, like congestion pricing on the way, the people who move the city can't be left behind.

"We need to be sure that the leadership of the MTA continue their offerings, continue sitting at the table, continue negotiating the contracts. This has happened before and in other times, everyone started agreeing with everything,” he said.

MTA communications director Tim Minton says the agency is focused on negotiating in good faith and reaching a mutually acceptable contract.