Transit Workers Reject New Contract by 7 Votes

From Times Wire Services

New York City’s 33,000 transit workers rejected a new contract by seven votes, raising fears of another crippling strike like the one that brought subways and buses to a standstill a month ago.

The Transport Workers Union voted down the contract, despite the urging of union President Roger Toussaint to ratify the agreement. He said the final tally was 11,234 against and 11,227 in favor.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a harsh critic of the three-day walkout in December, called the contract rejection “disappointing news to all New Yorkers.” Bloomberg urged both sides to return to the negotiating table.