Transit Workers Union president rejects latest MTA offer
A week after Transit Workers Union members voted down a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract offer, TWU President Roger Toussaint has again rejected another MTA proposal Thursday.
Negotiations have been going on between the TWU and MTA for several months. The TWU?s contract expired in December without a new contract, which resulted in a three-day strike by transit workers. Last week, approximately 34,000 TWU members voted down the offer, which came out of the strike.
The latest offer from the MTA was reportedly less desirable than the one rejected by union members. Toussaint called the recent offer, along with other offers, an insult. The MTA has indicated it has formally started the process of bringing in a state arbitrator. If a contract is not reached between the two groups, the arbitration panel?s decision would be final. Toussaint has said a state arbitration would be unacceptable to union workers.
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