MTA targets subway cleaners' pay in contract talks

January 12, 2012 4:48:34 AM PST
Negotiations between the MTA and the union are continuing, but the sides appear to be far off.

Reports are that the MTA will hold a hard line on upcoming new contract.

The 35,000-member Transport Workers Union went on strike for their latest contract in 2005. That contract expires Sunday.

The MTA is said to want reduced vacation time, larger insurance payments by members and cuts in overtime pay.

One of the MTA's targets are cleaners, who are looking at a pay cut from the current rate of $17.77 an hour.

MTA officials say the cleaners make 50 percent more than cleaners for outside companies.

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