Key Issues in the New York City Transit Strike
NEW YORK – Key issues:
PENSIONS: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority originally wanted to raise the age at which new employees become eligible for a full pension from 55 to 62. The union objected. The MTA later agreed to allow pension eligibility at 55 for new employees, but asked that they contribute 6 percent of their salaries for their first 10 years of employment.
WAGES: The MTA had proposed annual raises of 3 percent. The union wanted considerably higher pay increases; a later MTA offer included annual raises of 3 percent, 4 percent and 3.5 percent.
HEALTH: The MTA wants new employees to contribute 1 percent of their salary to pay for health insurance. Transit workers currently do not have to pay anything for health insurance.
SECURITY: The union wants disaster-preparedness training, following transit system bombings in Madrid and London.
HOLIDAYS: The latest MTA proposal added the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.