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New York Transit Workers End Strike

by Brendan Coyne

Dec. 23, 2005 – Union officials voted yesterday to return New York City transportation workers to their jobs, ending a three-day strike. The workers went back on the job without a contract.

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Tuesday, about 34,000 union members walked off the job over disagreements with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on pensions, health care and pay raises. Pensions remain a major sticking point, though MTA officials indicated that they may back off on a proposal that new hires put six percent of their pay toward pension, the New York Times reported.

In a statement yesterday, Local 100 of the Transportation Workers Union announced that its executive board voted "overwhelmingly" to accept a New York State mediator’s recommendation that transit workers go back on the job while the union and the Metropolitan Transportation Administration negotiate the terms of a new contract.

Under New York State Law, public employees are barred from striking. Courts have fined Local 100 members six days’ pay for the job action and fined the union millions more.

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