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MTA Workers Get Raises, Riders Won’t See a Fare Increase

A woman walks along the platform as a number 6 train of the New York City subway passes by 13 December, 2002, at Grand Central Terminal in New York. The 34, 000 member Transit Workers Union is threatening a strike if their contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority expires at 12:00 AM, 16 December, shutting down subway and bus service across the city.
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After a two-year stalemate, the MTA and its largest union reached a new contract agreement that will raise wages by eight percent over five years, increase medical and dental benefits, and offer paid maternity and paternity leave. In concessions to the MTA, employees will contribute more toward health-care benefits and new hires won’t receive full pay rates until they’ve been employed for five years. Governor Cuomo was asked to step in this week when the union threatened to strike, but if approved, the new deal means the subway will keep running and there won’t be any fare increases (aside from the hikes already planned for 2015 and 2017).

MTA Workers Get Raises, Riders Won’t Pay More