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Apr 7

In a historic first, ATU Local 1181 members overwhelmingly ratify strong contract with MV WAV

Agreement is the Union’s first ever with MV WAV 

New York, NY – After almost three years of negotiations, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181-New York, NY members working for wheelchair-accessible transit provider MV WAV ratified a strong contract, the first contract ever ATU has had with MV WAV.

MV WAV provides transportation for riders looking to hail wheelchair-accessible vehicles through the ridesharing company Uber. Contract negotiations between MV WAV and the Union had been ongoing since 2018 with the major sticking points including wages, benefits, grievance procedures and other critical issues.

“I am proud of these members for persevering through this long process to ratify a strong first contract with MV WAV,” said Local President Michael Cordiello. “This contract with increased wages, strong benefits, and improved work conditions recognizes their commitment and hard work.  This is a victory for living wages for these workers, a victory for fair treatment on the job, and a victory for riders and their community.”

Included in the one-year contract that covers approximately 200 drivers within New York City, is a wage increase based on years of service, full holiday pay and bereavement, which drivers were not previously receiving, and strong contract language regarding grievance procedures. Additionally, any new technology or changes in rules and regulations must be negotiated with the union beforehand.   

“This is a historic first contract ever with MV WAV for the ATU. These workers have been frontline heroes throughout the pandemic providing critical transportation for people who rely on this service to get to work, the doctor, grocery store and other important appointments,” said ATU International President John Costa. “Our members have shown the power of standing united as one for a fair and just contract. This victory sends a message to MV WAV that the ATU will not sit back, we will fight for strong wages and benefits for our members.