Three days ago I wrote about the MTA & TWU Local 100 potentially being near a new deal for bus drivers & mechanics who work for MTA Bus Company. The news of a potential deal which was broke by Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News might have been a bit premature. It seems the two sides have hit a roadblock during contract talks & as one would expect, the roadblock is money. Pete Donohue has the latest:
Hopes of a contract deal between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union being reached months ahead of schedule have hit a familiar roadblock – money.
Sources said the two sides are not close to agreeing on a schedule of pay increases for bus and subway workers, who shut the city down with a three-day strike in December 2005.
“We’re not near a deal yet, but we remain committed to the process and optimistic that we’ll reach the right resolution,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Jeremy Soffin, describing talks with TWU Local 100 as “productive.”
The union has sought pay raises in line with those granted to police sergeants and officers, who obtained annual increases averaging more than 4% a year.
The city’s firefighters union yesterday announced a contract with the city granting 8% raises over the next two years, which prompted a transit union spokesman to gripe about “disparate treatment.”
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