Senior Labor Relations Administrator
MTA, New York City Transit
“We have Democrats, Republicans, we have socialists, we have conservatives, we have labor, we have management, we have capitalists, we have not-for-profit people, we have public sector, we have private sector…and still one of the things that strikes me is how well we all get along and that there is actually a certain oneness—that even though we are all different, we can all study labor relations as academics. And this actually helps all of us understand our careers better and appreciate the different viewpoints in labor relations.”
I am presently the acting director of labor relations for three operating divisions. So I handle anything that can come up in those three operating divisions on a day-to-day basis: it might be job actions, labor disputes, grievances, discipline, cases of violence, drugs, for example. In addition to that, I'm also involved in collective bargaining. I negotiate contracts for the [Transit] Authority and assist in negotiating contracts. Also I’m the farming out person in labor relations, and I liaison with the various unions of the property, of which there are some 25.