This week LACMTA bus and light rail operators begin working under the new pay rates negotiated by SMART GCA 875 beginning October 1st. Pay checks that were distributed today will not reflect the new pay rates since the payroll for this check closed on September 27th. The General Committee is aware that it may take 30 days from the date of ratification for MTA payroll system to get caught up on the new pay rates. Contract ratification occurred on September 18th and the payroll for the October 17th check distribution closes on October 11th. MTA staff is working quickly in an attempt to meet the October 11th deadline for check distribution on October 17th.