Transit workers rally to voice displeasure over MTA contract offers
Thousands of transit workers rallied at several locations Tuesday to voice their displeasure over contract offers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
The workers were joined by a number of high-profile religious leaders, including Reverend Al Sharpton, who showed their support. One issue at the forefront of the negotiations is an MTA surplus that workers feel they deserve a piece of. But the MTA says that money is not going to be around in years to come so they can't negotiate a contract based on the surplus. The latest MTA offer proposed to give workers two 3 percent raises over a 27-month span. In an earlier offer rejected by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), workers would have received a two-year contract with a raise of 3 percent in the first year and 2 percent in the second.
Meanwhile, contract negotiations continue. The deadline to reach a contract is December 15.