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MTA to meet with union for the first time since contract expired

Joe Lhota

Joe Lhota Credit: MTA Chief Joe Lhota (Steven Sunshine)

The MTA and its largest workers union are meeting Thursday for the first time since the union's contract expired.

MTA chief Joe Lhota and Transport Workers Union president John Samuelsen will meet at 3:30 p.m. at New York City Transit's downtown headquarters. They last spoke on Sunday, but were unable to make a deal before the midnight deadline.

On Sunday, Lhota offered the union a five-year contract that kept wages at their current level for three years and increased them by 2% in the final two years, union sources said. Samuelsen rejected the offer, asking for wages that matched inflation rates.

The cash-strapped MTA has not publicly commented on Samuelsen's counteroffer, but has said it cannot afford to raise wages unless employees cover those costs through concessions.

Follow reporter Marc Beja on Twitter: @marc_beja

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