Meet the union boss
making the subway suck

Hear union bullies in their own words:

His name is Gary LaBarbera and his labor group, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, is making New York’s subway system a global embarrassment.

Known for their expensive work rules and cost overruns, LaBarbera’s cash-hungry unions take valuable resources away from subway repairs and upgrades. Delays are the direct result of antiquated switching equipment that needs hundreds of millions to be upgraded. But the only upgrades are to LaBarbera’s unions, which keep profiting while New York’s subway keeps sucking.

5 ways unions are

Ruining your commute

In December 2017, a New York Times investigation exposed the “excessive staffing, little competition, and generous contracts” plaguing the MTA—while subway riders and taxpayers foot the bill.

Some of the New York Times findings’ include:

  • 1

    World's highest construction costs

    Transit construction costs in New York City are the highest in the world. The estimated cost of the “East Side Access” Long Island Rail Road project is $3.5 billion for each new mile of track—seven times the global average.
  • 2

    Padded payrolls

    The MTA budget for a 3.5-mile tunnel connecting Grand Central Terminal to the Long Island Rail Road included 900 workers being paid to dig caverns, even though only 700 jobs needed to be filled.
  • 3

    Make-work jobs

    The MTA also creates union jobs that have no value, including break room supervisors and workers paid to lubricate cranes that are self-lubricating. Elevators also have their own operators, even though they are automatic.
  • 4

    Outrageous overpayment

    The MTA employs tunnel diggers who, for overtime and Sunday work, earn more than $400 an hour. Unemployed workers are often paid $1,000 a day.
  • 5

    Penalties for technology

    Unions are paid $450,000 for each tunnel-boring machine used to make up for job losses from “technological advancement.” (Tunnel-boring equipment has been standard for decades.)

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“Labor deals multiply costs while doing little to boost safety”
The New York Times

Let's Compare

Construction Costs Per Mile

New York’s transit construction costs can be shockingly high – over seven times the global average.
* Costs commonly associated with select metropolitan areas (Source: CityLab)

Paris
$100 Million
Washington, D.C.
$240 Million
Amsterdam
$666 Million
Los Angeles
$800 Million
New York City
$3.5 Billion
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The Autiste Formerly Known As @OddLane · Mar 26
This is absolutely brilliant: https://t.co/zyBiN5Jo9m via @YouTube #subwayscam #MTA #Unionfacts #DiBlasio #Cuomo
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GoldenButterfly @ButterflyMimi15 · Mar 27
WHAT AN EYE OPENER!! The MTA needs to get it together and FAST!! #qualitycontrol #NYC #MTA #UnionSubwayScam #NewYork #news #TuesdayThoughts @NYCMayor @MTA @NewYork @NY1 @PIX11News @DanMannarino https://t.co/KvfoKyeup9
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Lydia Chen @Lydiaism · Apr 4
#unionsubwayscam @MTA words just cannot express how much i feel embarrassed every time my friends from other states/ countries come visit me in the city and tell me how sticky and slow and noisy the subway is. With all the money you took from us, what did you really do?
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Zachary Knight @CallMeKnight · Apr 5
I am very passionate about fixing the MTA. NYC subway should be highest-quality in the world. Good article on why it is so expensive: https://t.co/RKq3y5x120 #unionsubwayscam
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michael saint @M16Opatovsky · Mar 30
#unionsubwayscam this sht has turned NYC into a laughing stock of the world and looks like a third world country..i wouldn't get on a subway if my life depended it on it...
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Juan Dapena Aparicio @JuanD38 · Mar 27
About time someone deals with the corrupction in the MTA and the unions.#unionsubwayscam
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InMyPRIMEKnit @InMyPRIMEKnit · Mar 30
No matter how early I leave my house for work, I can't rely on the MTA. Trains are constantly delayed, and packed. I feel like a sardine running late all the time. However, you know what does change? The fare. So I'm paying more money for disappointment. #unionsubwayscam
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Zachary Knight @CallMeKnight · Apr 5
I am very passionate about fixing the MTA. NYC subway should be highest-quality in the world. Good article on why it is so expensive: https://t.co/RKq3y5x120 #unionsubwayscam
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Juan Dapena Aparicio @JuanD38 · Mar 27
About time someone deals with the corrupction in the MTA and the unions.#unionsubwayscam
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Lydia Chen @Lydiaism · Apr 4
#unionsubwayscam @MTA words just cannot express how much i feel embarrassed every time my friends from other states/ countries come visit me in the city and tell me how sticky and slow and noisy the subway is. With all the money you took from us, what did you really do?
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InMyPRIMEKnit @InMyPRIMEKnit · Mar 30
No matter how early I leave my house for work, I can't rely on the MTA. Trains are constantly delayed, and packed. I feel like a sardine running late all the time. However, you know what does change? The fare. So I'm paying more money for disappointment. #unionsubwayscam
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bonita. @AyeBonita_ · Apr 7
Stuck somewhere on the subway in New York and the conductor said “We are experiencing delays. Till when? Man, I don’t know.” 🙃
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Fabio Caparelli @Phabio35 · Apr 5
I have an idea for a new motto for the mta. "We apologize for the delay." #mta #subway #nyc
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Andrew @AnDuggs · Apr 5
In all of my years living in New York City, I cannot recall a time where the Subway system was as bad as it has been these past 2-3 years. It's scary. #mta #nycsubway #nyc @MTA
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Jen Gulley @gullster25 · Apr 9
@NYCTSubway @MTA another sucky ride on the subway from Forest Hills on the M line. Severely delayed. Thanks!
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Danielle @dchristenson19 · Apr 9
And the award for the worst subway goes to @NYCTSubway it took me an hour to go 4 stops on the E because someone thought running 4 trains on the same line was an amazing idea
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Evan Griffiths @griffiev87 · Feb 26
Of course, yet another day of the #mta ensuring that no one gets to their destination on time. #mtafail #delay #subway #fail @MTA https://t.co/ef9XeI1cuB
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Sharon Cardoza @hunt033 · Feb 27
@MTA someone needs to patrol the subway cars to ensure that it is free of the homeless, we paying riders are sick of this, each car on the E train filled with the homeless.The smell, the threat of danger. Enough already! @NY1 @NYCMayor
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Amanda Melfi @amandamelfi · Mar 2
"Thank you for riding the MTA" the subway tells me. As if I have a choice. https://t.co/rI0VasZr2u
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Bailey Disler @baytato · Mar 5
Thank you MTA but can we perhaps get a subway system that doesn’t run on technology from the 1930s next time https://t.co/j6vZ3SqurW
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Matt Bettinson @mattbettinson · Mar 4
As my debit card got denied at the MTA I looked over at a guy pissing in the subway station. New york city baby
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Kapitol Hill @Kapitol_Hill · Mar 5
Dear @MTA The subway service which taxpayers fund and desperately need sucks. It rarely runs on time, is plagued by inefficiency and quite honestly one of the worst run transportation agencies.
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RykerK @RykerKelvin · Mar 7
@MTA not only is the #Ltrain completely screwed up but, there is a leak casting gallons of water to pour onto the tracks at @UnionSquareNY #subway #mta #commute #fix
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Camille D'Elia @CamilleDElia · Mar 7
There is a BAG OF BLOOD inside the Court Sq subway. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. CLEAN AND FIX THE SUBWAY @NYCMayor @MTA @NYCTSubway @nytimes https://t.co/NXCdoahoWk
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Commuting Sentences @CommutinSentncs · Mar 8
Hooo! This subway car smells like that stanky stank! #MTA #nycsubway #MARYJANE #skunk
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Isabel Gillies @isabelgillies · Mar 8
I hate to complain on Twitter, but the @MTA is in serious distress. If you can’t count on the subway — what can you count on? #straphangerblues #waitingontheplatform #peopletryingtogettowork
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WellBoy JW @polobearjord · Mar 8
MTA SUBWAY: ruining lives every day on late schedules
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Otillia @o_tilli_a · Mar 8
The subway platform was completely packed from one side to the other, so I bailed and got in a cab with a total stranger and now we're friends and have plans to see an art show together. So, thanks, or something, @MTA.
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Cameron L. Mitchell @CameronLMitchel · Mar 8
@nytimes Can we fire the @MTA? Does ANYONE at the #MTA actually know what they're doing? #NewYork deserves better #MTAFail #trains #subway #buses #NYC #transit @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayor @JoeLhota @NYCTSubway @NYCTBus
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Chris ✨ Russo @chriscalmdown · Mar 5
It never fails to blow me away how much better the D.C. metro is compared to the NYC subway
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Rob F. @RFDilla07 · Mar 8
TBH, Bay Area BART got it HELLA good compared to the NYC Subway. Damn near limo service. Lol
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NYC Subway Chronicles @NYC_SubwayGal · Mar 3
Subway dripping ceilings <
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Chris Alexander @pazzo83 · Mar 8
@FixWMATA take the NYC subway for one week, seriously yeah, it has better headways but it takes trains 45 minutes to get between stops
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