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MTA and its largest union reach contract deal

The MTA and its largest union announced a tentative contract agreement Wednesday, following six tense months without a deal.

“I am happy to report that we have reached a negotiated settlement with the MTA that I believe the Local 100 membership will ratify in overwhelming fashion,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said on the union’s website.

Neither the TWU nor the MTA would immediately disclose the terms of the deal, which Utano said came “after several days of intense bargaining.”

Negotiations between the two parties had reached a fever pitch in recent months, with one union leader threatening to “tar and feather” MTA Chairman Pat Foye and others publicly mulling service-slowing job actions.

Management had been seeking to cut back overtime payments, increase worker healthcare contributions and limit vacation accruals for new employees. Union leadership, in turn, called those proposals “insulting.”

Utano’s executive board will vote Thursday on whether to approve the contract for ratification by Local 100’s nearly 40,000 members.

In a statement, Foye called the deal “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.”

“This tentative agreement continues the forward momentum of NYC Transit that has led to a surge in subway on-time performance and ridership increases that reflect our customers’ returning confidence in the system,” he said.

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