SMART TD members ratify agreement with NY MTA

Published: December 22, 2015

Last updated on January 8th, 2016

On December 16, 2015, members of SMART Transportation Division’s Local 1440 (Staten Island, N.Y.) ratified a tentative agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY MTA).

The ratified agreement includes a 15.88 percent pay increase with retroactive pay; improved sick leave, personal leave and holiday pay; and improved medical, dental and vision coverage.

“We thank the International for their continued support as we protect our members’ rights day in and day out for the best collective bargaining agreement possible,” said General Chairperson (GCA-Staten Island Railroad) Thomas Wilson.

Wilson led negotiations with the assistance of Legal Counsel David Davis; General Committee Secretary Carlos Sanchez; Vice Local Chairpersons Mike Hayes, Joel Rivera and Richard Moore; Local 1440 Secretary and Treasurer Vincent LaBella and former General Committee Secretary Joseph Palmieri.

“We express our gratitude to the members of Local 1440 and the negotiating team for their collaborative work and support on behalf of our NYC brothers and sisters to secure the best collective bargaining agreement possible,” SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich said.”

The SMART Transportation Division is comprised of approximately 125,000 active and retired members of the former United Transportation Union, who work in a variety of different crafts in the transportation industry.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY MTA) serves more than 15.2 million people in a 5,000-square-mile area that extends from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State and Connecticut – making it the largest transportation network in North America. This grid of subways, buses and railroad provide 2.73 billion trips each year to people living in the New York City corridor.