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MTA seeks arbitration in transit union impasse

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"We would hope to be able to solve this problem and will do everything we can to that end," Kalikow said. At the same time, James Watt, vice president of Transit Workers Union Local 100, said his union planned to hold a series of meetings of its executive board in the next few days prior to resuming negotiations.Kalikow led off by expressing "great disappointment" at the rejection of the contract by the union."We would hope that we will be able to solve this problem either through talks with the union or through arbitration," Kalikow said at the monthly meeting of the MTA board at its Madison Avenue headquarters.The MTA applied to the state's Public Employment Relations Board Wednesday to have the negotiations declared an impasse and force arbitration, MTA officials said.

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