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NYC Buses And Subways Keep Running After TWU Contract Expires

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New York City Subway Train - New York, NY (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

New York City Subway Train – New York, NY (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York City’s buses and subways are still running today, even though the contract for 34,000 Transport Workers Union workers expired at midnight.

WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane On The Story

A union spokesman tells WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane that they’ll keep talking and there are no hard deadlines.

New Yorkers of course remember the strike that shut down the entire system in 2005. When that happened, people started doing group cab rides and those who wanted do drive into Manhattan during the day needed multiple people inside.

TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson has said there has been no talk of a walkout, but he told rank and file during a break in weekend talks what the MTA can do with its latest offer, if you get his drift.

The union says the agency is demanding 19 givebacks including what they call an attack on healthcare benefits.

Sources tell the Daily News there’s apparent pressure from the Cuomo administration on pay raises now that the largest state unions have agreed to freeze them.

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