The new contracts provide for average annual wage adjustments of 4.2% per year for the five unions over the life of the contracts. Together, it is estimated that the new agreements will cost $36.4 million, or 0.7 per cent of the total budget of $6.1 billion for FY18. Salary adjustments are made retroactively to July 1. I remain confident in their abilities. They are among the best at the negotiating table, as shown by the treaties presented in the past. One of the strengths of Metro`s budget was that no full-time employees would be laid off and that the salaries of trade unionists would increase by 4.5% by collective agreement. “To look at this budget, of course, we need to understand where we are economically. We all know that this is the worst economic moment of our lives together… We have never seen that. Metro Chief Phillip A.
Washington paid tribute to Metro`s union leadership and management team for the good faith negotiations that led to these agreements. “We appreciate our people and the important work they do, sometimes in very difficult circumstances,” Washington said. “We want them to have full-time jobs with competitive salaries and good performance. And we are pleased to have been able to secure sustainable employment contracts with real benefits, including career paths that show union employees how to advance in their careers and in the transportation sector. At the same time, we are spending dollars on buses, trains, other equipment and facilities that will improve mobility and safety for both staff and drivers. Our goal is to support the well-being of our employees, the public and our system as a whole. We believe that these agreements represent a major step in that direction. “This is a historic day for Metro, our unions and the people of Los Angeles County,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, President of the Metro Board. These agreements are the result of the collaboration and leadership of Metro and our employees, and reflect our shared commitment to serving the people of our region. In extreme cases, union failure is in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states.
But even where union collective bargaining is not under attack, we face serious challenges at the bargaining table and cuts in service. The five-year contracts ensure the stability of labour costs for the Agency and our employees and their families. This is the first five-year contract in Metro`s history and also the first time the five unions have ratified contracts at the same time and before the expiry of existing collective agreements. “We have great praise for all the general committees and local officers who supported our efforts through a difficult two-year process to get this agreement,” said Mr. Baffoni. “We have gained stability and job security in a very worrying economic environment, and we are able to build on this agreement on behalf of our members in better economic times.” As required by California law, the parties exchanged proposals before April 1 and, like state law, began negotiations on April 30. The agreement concerns the UTU Locals 1563, 1564, 1575, 1607 and 1608. In addition to the fight for members at the negotiating table, Mr. Williams and Local President 1608, John Ellis, recently won a major arbitration on behalf of the bus company Adalid Morgana, which had been fired following an accident. The mayor said the council`s steps to continue with reduced services also making it a priority to restore those services as quickly as possible. “As is the case today, drivers and passengers are de facto safety on the front line when violence erupts on buses,” the report says. Garcetti said reduced services are not a reduction in bus and train lines, but services have been cut to make up for some of the $1.2 billion shortfall last fiscal year.