From USA Today:
The MTA on Friday insisted its last offer — which proposed 9% wage increase over three years and was rejected by the union — was its best.
The union had been asking 8% in each of three years. Currently, train operators, station agents and cleaners earn between $47,000 and $55,000 a year before overtime.
They are demanding a 24% raise over three years! I also heard on cable news that strikers want the retirement age reduced to 50. I haven't been able to confirm this.
The average salary in New York is $45,000.