Members of TWU rally in Manhattan hours before strike deadline

Members of the Transit Workers Union (TWU) rallied outside the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan Thursday, just hours before the midnight strike deadline. Negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the TWU have been going on for weeks. Both sides have acknowledged they still have a long way to go before an agreement is reached. On Thursday, members of the TWU said they were willing to bend on their original request of an 8 percent pay raise over three years if the MTA promises to cut disciplinary action against workers by 25 percent. The MTA is still offering a 27-month contract with a 3 percent pay raise during the first year.In the event of a strike, the city drew up a contingency plan that would require cars entering the busiest areas of Manhattan to carry at least four people at certain times. Taxis would be allowed to pick up multiple fares and commuter rail lines would increase service. Related article Transit Strike Information for BX

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