TWU contract dispute spills over into the streets

Transit workers handed out anti-Bloomberg leaflets at a contract protest Wednesday.

The TWU contract fight is starting to get ugly.

Members of the Transportation Workers Union Local 100 protested outside the MTA’s board meeting on Madison Avenue Wednesday, the first public sign of the union’s growing discontent that the agency wants to overturn its contract settlement.

“You should be ashamed,” said Andreeva Pinder, a union representative. “Apparently, legally binding (arbitration) applies to mere mortals, not the MTA.”

Earlier this month, the MTA filed suit against the contract awarded through binding arbitration that granted 11 percent raises to the largest union representing transit workers. The MTA claimed that the three-year contract would blow a hole in its budget, which only factored in raises of about 6 percent.

Helena Williams, the MTA’s interim executive director and CEO, said yesterday that the award would have “an impact on our financial plan,” but declined to say specifically how it could affect fares.

The MTA’s board considered a resolution last week to scrap the suit because of its legal cost and bad impact on labor relations, but decided to table it until incoming chief Jay Walder starts work next month, sources said. The next court date is expected for Oct. 20.

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