Transit Union Take Steps to Go Back to Work

By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer 2 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Transit workers will take steps to restore service to New York's buses and subways while the union and transit authority resume negotiations after a three-day strike, a state mediator announced Thursday morning.

No timetable was announced for the restoration of service.

"Both parties have a genuine desire to resolve their differences," said Richard Curreri, head of a three-member state mediation panel. "They have agreed to resume negotiations while the TWU takes steps to return its membership."

The two sides returned to a Manhattan hotel around 1 a.m., the first time both sides were in the building since the strike was announced. On Wednesday, union president Roger Toussaint raised the possibility of a settlement when he said negotiations could resume if the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority took its current pension proposal off the table.

The announcement came 54 hours after workers walked out at 3 a.m. on Tuesday,