Transit Strike Breakthrough!
December 22nd, 2005

Transport Workers Union officials are recommending that employees go back to work as the union and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials continue negotiating a new contract, according to state mediators. There is some confusion about what exactly this means, with different media outlets reporting different things. Everyone considers this a positive step, but it is still unclear when service will resume.

According to the New York Times, there is a tentative agreement that “would allow Gov. George E. Pataki to save face because the final negotiations would not take place until the strikers return to work, the people said, and it would apparently allow the union’s president, Roger Toussaint, to save face because, they believe, the authority’s pension demands – which are at the crux of the deadlock – have been significantly scaled back.”

Apparently, the MTA will not take its pension offer off the table — which the union has described as a requirement of returning to work. But the authority has said it will look for savings in other places like health care, according to WNYC.

The two sides have agreed to a media blackout as negotiations continue.

Meanwhile, Roger Toussaint and several other union officials are due in court to face contempt charges this afternoon.

By on December 22, 2005, 11:14 am
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3 Responses to “Transit Strike Breakthrough!”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 1:35 pm

    Great. They are coming back in time for a three day weekened, when almost no one will ride, when almost no one will be riding, and with a level of service undetermined.

  2. Adam Piontek Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 1:49 pm

    I dunno, I think Christmas family travel is not insignifigant. I know I routinely travel Manhattan-Bronx and back, and then Manhattan-Queens and back, each Christmas, and I recall seeing more people using the trains than on non-holiday weekends. I think a lot of families will be glad for some restored service.

    On the other hand, plenty of people have probably already cancelled their holiday plans, expecting the strike to have continued.

  3. Resa Says:
    April 8th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    hi… i didn’t agree with some things, however i do appreciated the article overall… this article was actually recommended to me by a buddy at myspace and she was right. quite good read! Take care, Resa

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