UNION VOWS MTA STALL HALT THREATENED AS TENSIONS RISE.Byline: Alexa Haussler Staff Writer
Union leaders across Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County escalated tensions Monday over MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
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1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. labor talks, vowing to shut down the transit agency's bus and train lines if no agreement is reached by Friday.
The county Federation of Labor said if there's a strike, now set for 12:01 a.m Friday, members of other unions would be encouraged to join transit workers on picket lines, to halt work at construction sites and refuse to make deliveries of gas and other products to MTA sites.
``We are going to shut it down. We are going to shut down the MTA,'' said Miguel Contreras Miguel Contreras (September 17, 1952–May 6, 2005) was an American labor leader. He "was known as a king-maker for both local and state politicians." , executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO AFL-CIO: see American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials responded to the threat by accusing the unions of stalling negotiations and warning that a secondary strike by other unions could halt even limited service, which the agency hopes to provide by staffing 100 buses with supervisor drivers.
``We were certainly disappointed that a day when we thought a lot could get accomplished in bargaining ended up not being worth anything,'' said MTA Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. Allan Lipsky. ``We think it's another example of the unions' failure to take negotiations seriously.''
The dispute is less about wages and benefits than MTA's insistence that work rules be eliminated that put its operating costs as much as 50 percent higher than other bus services in the county.
The unions defend the work rules and have made imposing the MTA contracts on the proposed Valley transit zone the key issue they will strike over. A measure to achieve that was approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and is on Gov. Gray Davis' desk, but he has not indicated what he will do.
Transit zone supporters have suspended their planning efforts, saying the work rule issues and legislation make a separate bus agency under local control economically unworkable. They said they will honor existing contracts, but want the right to negotiate their own contracts in the future and to privatize expanded services if they can't reduce the costs.
Negotiators for the MTA and its three major unions have been bargaining for months on contracts for the 4,268 rail and bus operators of the United Transportation Union, the roughly 2,000 mechanics of the Amalgamated Transit Union The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is a labor union in the United States and Canada, representing workers in the transit system and other industries.
The ATU was founded in 1892, and today has more than 180,000 members in more than 273 local unions in 46 states and 9 and the 638 communications workers of the Transportation Communications International Union The Transportation Communications International Union or TCU is the successor to the union formerly known as the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks and includes within it many other organizations, including the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America and the Brotherhood .
Union leaders accused the MTA of stalling negotiations to consult with San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. and San Gabriel Valley The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the Inland Empire. leaders who are pushing for autonomous transit zones.
``The MTA is bargaining in bad faith, crippling the negotiations and hanging the public out to dry,'' said Neil Silver, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union which represents MTA maintenance workers and mechanics.
Lipsky said it was ironic that transit workers were asking other unions for support.
``They seem to be looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. the same support that the janitors had. We want to remind you that our bus drivers make an average $50,000 a year, where our bus riders make an average $15,000 or less,'' Lipsky said.
``The real victims of this strike by the union are in fact the MTA's bus and rail passengers.''
Lipsky said the MTA has plans to try to keep about 100 buses running during a strike. Management personnel would operate and maintain those buses.
But he acknowledged that striking union members might succeed in shutting down those lines, too, leaving many of the most transit-dependent passengers with few, if any, options.
``Even that, we aren't certain,'' he said. ``There's no question that a transit strike would mean that most of our passengers wouldn't be able to find alternative public transportation.''