The previous contract between the unions and the MTA lapsed in June 2010.
Unions' demands upon being released from mediation
* Raises totaling about 22 percent over six years
* $10 per-shift fee for federally certified conductors and similar payments to all noncertified workers
* No changes to work rules, health contributions or pensions of existing employees
* New employees would pay 1.5 percent of weekly wages toward health care costs
MTA's demands upon being released from mediation
* A five-year deal with wage freezes in the first three years, or concessions worth the same value, and 4 percent total raises over the final two years
* $10 per-shift fee for federally certified conductors would be funded by work rule concessions from conductors
* All employees would contribute 5 percent of wages to pensions going forward, as opposed to the current plan of employees paying 3 or 4 percent for only 10 years
* Future retirees' LIRR pensions would be offset by the amount they collect in federal disability annuities, a measure that aims to deter disability fraud
* Current workers would pay 12 percent of health care premiums; future workers would pay 14 percent
Presidential Emergency Board 244's recommendations, which the union has supported
* Raises totaling about 17 percent over six years
* $10 per-shift fee for federally certified conductors
* Health care contributions growing from 1 percent of weekly wages in the first year of the contract to 2.25 percent in the sixth year
* No changes to pensions or work rules
MTA's new proposal
* A five-year contract with raises totaling 11 percent
* Employees would contribute 2 percent of weekly wages toward health care costs
* A new wage progression schedule that would, in general, add two years to achieve top pay
* 5.2 percent employee contribution to pensions and a new final average earnings formula increased from three to five years; 10-year vesting (up from five), a new retirement formula, and new buyback rules.
MTA's latest proposal
* Current workers would get raises totaling 17 percent over seven years.
* All workers would get an additional $10 per-shift fee.
* Current workers would contribute 2 percent of weekly wages to health benefit costs.
* New workers would contribute 4 percent to health costs.
* New workers would permanently pay 4 percent of pension costs (Most current workers only pay for the first 10 years.)
* Wage progression schedules for new workers would double.
Unions' counteroffer. The unions have refused to disclose details of the plan but the MTA said on July 13 that the proposal:
* Extends to 10 years from five how long it takes workers to vest in their pensions
* Has new employees pay into their pensions longer, but at a smaller rate than the current 4 percent.