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Union Says NYC Transit Strike Is Over

December 22, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ The city’s crippling three-day mass transit strike ended Thursday after union leaders _ facing mounting fines, possible jail terms and the wrath of millions of commuters _ voted to return their 33,000 members to work without a new contract.

Union board members who emerged from the organization’s headquarters said workers will return to their job sites starting with the next shifts. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of returning to work, and resuming negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

It was unclear when the city’s buses and subways would again start running, although transit officials said it would take a minimum of 12 hours to get everything restarted.

The announcement of the vote came outside union headquarters about 3 1/2 hours after state mediators said a possible deal was worked out. It puts the nation’s largest mass transit system back in operation while negotiations resume on a new three-year contract.

Roger Toussaint, the combative president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, had recommended that his union’s executive board accept the deal.

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