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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Union to Halt New York Strike

NEW YORK -- Striking transit workers agreed to take steps to go back to work while their union and the transit authority resume negotiations, a state mediator said Thursday morning.

No timetable was announced for the restoration of bus and subway service in New York City, which was halted Tuesday, affecting millions of riders.

"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 [Transit Workers Union] takes steps to return its membership."

Governor George Pataki had said earlier that there would be no negotiations until workers returned to their jobs.

The two sides returned to a Manhattan hotel around 1 a.m. local time, the first time both sides were in the building since the strike began.

On Wednesday, union president Roger Toussaint raised the possibility of an agreement to halt the walkout when he said negotiations could resume if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took its current pension proposal off the table.

The contract covering 33,000 transit workers expired last week, and the union called the strike Tuesday morning despite a state law banning public employee strikes.