MTA executives and the leaders of the largest union representing transit workers have failed to reach an employment agreement, blowing past the May 15 deadline when the old labor deal expired.
On Monday evening, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Richard Davis — who represents some 40,000 New York City subway and bus employees at the bargaining table — posted on the union’s website that the talks with MTA leadership had encountered various “stumbling blocks,” including on healthcare coverage for the families of the 110 transit workers who died from COVID-19 after working during the 2020 lockdown, and on paying for therapy for members’ autistic children.
“We are working hard to secure the fairest deal possible,” Davis told rank-and-file members in the message posted to the union website. “Right now, there are several stumbling blocks. The MTA is showing a lack of respect for our members on issues big and small.”