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Jun 24

ATU MTA Workers Rally to Tell Pat Foye: “No Zeroes for MTA Heroes” June 24

11:30am, Wed., June 24 at MTA HQ, 2 Broadway New York, NY

Media Contact: David Roscow, 202-487-4990


New York, NY – While MTA chief Pat Foye and Board members hold their Zoom Board meeting – complete with pre-recorded and screened public comment – on Wednesday, June 24, ATU New York City MTA workers will rally outside MTA headquarters, demanding Foye stop using the coronavirus pandemic as a cover to create a two-tiered workforce at the MTA.

At the rally will be members of ATU Locals 726-Staten Island, NY, 1056-Flushing, NY, 1179-New York City, NY, and 1181-New York City, NY representing workers at MTA New York City Transit. Combined, they represent more than 5,000 MTA workers working across the boroughs.

“Our MTA members have risked their lives to keep NYC moving through this pandemic, civil unrest, hurricanes, snowstorms and every other challenge this city faces. Since this virus hit NYC, more than 100 MTA transit workers have died – including 16 of our brave members,” said ATU International President John Costa. “They call us heroes, but at the bargaining table they expect us to take zeroes. We deserve equal pay for equal work.”

Historically, TWU Local 100 – also representing MTA workers - and ATU Locals have had similar contracts, but after settling with Local 100 in December, Foye is stonewalling ATU Locals by claiming MTA is “not in a position” to negotiate new contracts.

New York Congressional and State legislators have publicly expressed strong support for ATU and demanded Foye come to the table and negotiate with ATU. Members of Congress showing support include Rep. Max Rose, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Tom Suozzi, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Rep. Grace Meng. State legislators include Sen. Leroy Comrie, Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman David Weprin and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein.

The ATU played a key role in helping secure almost $3.8 billion in emergency funding for the MTA through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agency can use the CARES Act funding to pay workers and keep service running for frontline workers. In addition, they can purchase N-95 masks, gloves, other personal protective equipment (PPE) for transit workers, and additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies.

Since the outbreak began, ATU has been at the forefront of demanding transit agencies, private contractors and elected officials move quickly to deliver needed protections and policy changes for keeping transit systems running and workers safe. Among the ATU Safe Service demands are gloves, masks, protective barriers, pandemic leave, rear door entry, on-site testing, hazard pay bus operator barriers, air flow changes and filters, and other critical measures.

WHAT: ATU MTA Workers Rally to Tell Pat Foye: No Zeroes for MTA Heroes

WHEN: 11:30am, Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WHERE: MTA Headquarters, 2 Broadway, New York, NY

WHO: ATU Local 726-Staten Island, NY
ATU Local 1056-Flushing, NY
ATU Local 1179-New York, NY
ATU Local 1181-New York, NY