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NYCT, TWU resume negotiations

New York City commuters are back on schedule after MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) workers ended a three-day strike last Thursday, just before the long holiday weekend.

Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 members launched the strike a week ago, shutting down NYCT’s subway and bus systems.

TWU and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have resumed negotiations but have yet to reach an agreement, although “both parties have a genuine desire to resolve their differences,” according to mediators.

The biggest point of contention is MTA’s pension proposal, which would require TWU workers to contribute more to the fund. MTA needs to address rising health care costs during the negotiations, so mediators will not ask the authority to withdraw its proposal “without assurance that the TWU is willing to review alternative means to address those challenges,” mediators said.

The TWU is seeking a “good contract that provides substantial wage increases … and protects members’ hard-earned health and pension benefits,” union officials said.

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