Transit Workers Union disappointed with MTA's latest proposal

Time is running out Thursday for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its union to reach a contract deal. Members of the Transit Workers Union expressed disappointment Wednesday over the MTA's proposal of a 3 percent raise in the first year and 2 percent in the second year. During the latest round of contract talks, the MTA also suggested that new hires pay for their pension benefits. Bus and subway workers in the Bronx and city were not satisfied with the offer and are threatening to strike if an agreement isn?t reached. Union members say they want the MTA to use some of the surplus to give them better pay increases. The MTA's labor negotiator, however, says they are using millions of dollars from the surplus to pay for pension benefits. Members of the union are meeting Saturday and leaders could vote to strike. A spokesperson for New York City Transit says they're in the process of forming a contingency plan in case of a strike.

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