Staten Island Ferry Workers, After 13 Years, Finally Have Contract Satisfactory To All Workers, Including Higher Wages


Malliotakis Applauds New Contract for Staten Island Ferry Workers

(STATEN ISLAND, NY) – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis issued the following statement regarding the ratification of a new contract between New York City and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), the union representing workers on the Staten Island Ferry.
“After months of lengthy negotiations, I’m pleased to see the Mayor listen to our calls and strike a fair deal with MEBA, whose members have been unfairly working without a contract for 13 years.
“This new contract, which was supported overwhelmingly by MEBA members, would bring significant wage increases to our workers, currently the lowest paid in the country to some of the highest.
“I am hopeful that this deal will resolve recent service delays and disruptions to ferry service by helping retain and attract skilled mariners with the benefits they rightfully deserve.“
Banner Image: Senator John Marchi Ferry. Image Credit – Robert Stump


Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

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