Long Island commuters keep a careful watch as strike talks resume
Union representatives and the MTA are back at the bargaining table Sunday after talks broke off in less than four hours with no progress reported Saturday.
Pension eligibility for new members remains a major sticking point in the talks. Union officials filed a complaint in Albany Sunday against the MTA, saying it is a violation of the Taylor Law to demand changes in pension benefits. Wages increases are also a hotly debated topic. The union is asking for an increase of 8 percent over three years.
For the second straight day, union president Roger Toussaint and MTA chair Peter Kalikow were not present at the negotiations. If no agreement is reached, a strike of two private bus lines in Queens is scheduled for Monday at 12:01 a.m. A citywide strike of buses and subways is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
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