New York City

Both sides announce MTA transit union deal

April 17, 2014 Associated Press
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Transit officials and the union representing an estimated 34,000 New York City subway and bus workers have reached a tentative contract deal that includes raises but also higher health insurance payments.

Thursday’s tentative pact came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office got involved Wednesday in negotiations. The last contract lapsed more than two years ago.

The Transit Workers Union Local 100 asked Cuomo to take part.

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The five-year deal needs approval by union members and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

Cuomo says it’s a fair agreement, and he’s underscoring that it would not require fare hikes.

Workers would get two years of retroactive raises of 1 percent a year.

There would be a 2 percent raise going back to January, and 2 percent raises in each of the next two years.

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