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N.Y. MTA using federal dollars to fund new union, UTU says


Congress recently ordered New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to stop using federal transit-tax dollars to subsidize the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE), which represents engineers and conductors on Metro North Commuter Railroad.

ACRE chairs had been accused of funding the union with MTA backing, according to United Transportation Union. The transit agency reportedly used federal money to pay salary and benefits to ACRE’s elected or appointed officers.

ACRE officials believe the union can provide the same services as UTU and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers — which previously represented Metro North workers — with less expensive dues.

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