Metro-North workers will join strike if MTA, TWU don?t reach agreement

Metro-North workers announced Monday they will join the Transport Workers Union (TWU) if it strikes at 12:01 Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the TWU have been at the bargaining table for several weeks. The TWU has rejected the proposals made by the MTA. On Friday, the MTA made its final offer, which the TWU also rejected. The president of the Transit Workers Union says subway and bus workers would accept 6 percent salary hike if the MTA reduces the number of disciplinary actions against workers. The union had been asking for 8 percent a year for three years. The MTA is offering 3 percent a year.

Meanwhile, union workers for two private bus lines in Queens Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach walked out Monday morning. If the transit workers strike, more than 7 million commuters would be without a ride.

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