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.
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 mediatorâ€™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 daysâ€™ pay for the job action and fined the union millions more.