Transportation Workers Union to MTA, Cuomo: ‘Shove It’

NEW YORK - AUGUST 02:  A woman squeezes onto a crowded subway car at the Times Square station August 2, 2006 in New York City. Forecasters have called for high temperatures of 100 degrees in the city with the heat wave continuing through tomorrow. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Photo: Chris Hondros/2006 Getty Images

Negotiations between the MTA and its largest union, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, continued beyond last night’s midnight deadline at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown, as the city pushes to cut costs by granting no raises, while also decreasing vacation days and overtime pay. “I’m going to go back into that hotel and I’m going to tell the chairman of the MTA, I’m going to tell the governor to take their petty demands and shove it,” said TWU President John Samuelson last night. “This railroad and bus system management, they still think they’re in the 1880s.” Both groups have so far agreed to extend the deadline so as to avoid a transportation strike, at which point more New Yorkers would be forced to care about a labor dispute.