MTA seeks temporary injunction to stop workers from striking

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking a temporary injunction in order to prevent transit workers from striking by Friday.

MTA officials were supposed to go before a judge Monday, but the hearing was pushed to Tuesday after paperwork went missing. Though it is illegal under New York State law, the union insists workers will still strike. That's why lawyers for the MTA say getting an injunction is important. They say if the workers don't adhere, the consequences would be more severe.

Transit workers say they don't want to strike and are committed to the negotiations. The transit workers union recently turned down the MTA's latest proposal, which included a two-year contract with a 3 percent raise in the first year and 2 percent in the second. The MTA also wants to raise the retirement age from 55 to 62.

The last time transit employees went on strike was in 1980.

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