December 20, 2005

Strike deadline passes in NY transit labor dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A strike deadline passed on Tuesday
without immediate word of a walkout threatened by the union
that operates New York's bus and subway system.

Negotiations between the Transport Workers Union and the
state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) broke off
about an hour before 12:01 a.m. , when the union had said its
34,000 members would strike if no contract agreement was

An MTA spokesman said the union rejected its most recent
offer, paving the way for what could be the first strike in 25
years of the transit system that carries 7 million passengers