MTA Announces Tentative Agreement Reached With Transit Union, Averting Potential Strike

What to Know

  • The MTA said they reached a tentative deal with the transit workers’ union, avoiding a potential strike and ending a months-long standoff
  • MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said the deal is “fair to taxpayers, our riders and the tens of thousands of Transit employees"
  • The MTA and TWU had been negotiating for months in an effort to get a new contract, with talks breaking down the last time the two met up

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Wednesday that they have reached a tentative deal with the transit workers’ union, avoiding a potential strike and ending a months-long standoff.

MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said in a statement that the tentative agreement with TWU Local 100 is “fair to taxpayers, our riders and the tens of thousands of Transit employees who have worked hard to improve subway and bus service benefiting eight million daily customers.”

He added that the proposed deal would continue work that NYC Transit has done, which has led to “a surge in subway on-time performance and ridership increases that reflect our customers’ returning confidence in the system.”

The MTA and TWU had been negotiating for months in an effort to get a new contract, with talks breaking down the last time the two met up.

Tony Utano, the President of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, said that the sides had the framework of the deal established over the weekend, and "after several days of intense bargaining," arrived at the tentative agreement Wednesday.

Details of the deal were not yet released, with Utano saying information will be shared once the executive board votes on it.

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