Transit union willing to bend on original request as deadline approaches

As the deadline approaches Thursday, the Transit Workers Union (TWU) says it is willing to bend on its original contract request provided the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) complies with other requests.

Negotiations between the two groups have been going on for weeks. Both sides have acknowledged they still have a long way to go before an agreement is reached. The TWU says it is 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.

Meanwhile, union members plan to march in protest Thursday from Governor Pataki?s offices in midtown to the Grand Hyatt, where talks are being held. The union has authorized a strike if an agreement is not reached by midnight.

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