LIRR contract talks set to resume next week

LIRR contract talks set to resume next week

Posted: Updated:

By FRANK ELTMAN | AP

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Negotiations aimed at averting a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad are scheduled to resume next week at a session scheduled by the National Mediation Board, union and management officials said Wednesday.

Unions representing 5,400 Long Island Rail Road workers have said they intend to strike unless an agreement is reached by July 20.

"We will be in attendance at the meeting and hope the MTA comes to their senses and considers our latest fair counter proposal," said Anthony Simon, the workers' chief negotiator. "We will do what it takes to hopefully prevent a strike as we have always have done."

The railroad's unions voted to authorize a strike after working without a contract since 2010. President Barack Obama appointed two emergency boards to help resolve the dispute but the MTA rejected both non-binding recommendations.

The emergency board's last proposal called for a 17 percent raise over six years while leaving work rules and pensions alone. The MTA last week offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years. Its earlier offer called for an 11 percent hike over six years.

The MTA offer also seeks concessions including requiring current employees to contribute 2 percent of regular pay toward health care costs. Currently, LIRR workers don't contribute toward their health insurance.

A strike could affect 300,000 daily riders, most of whom travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.

"We are eager to get back to the bargaining table through the National Mediation Board on Tuesday," said Anita Miller, MTA director of labor relations. "We are hoping the unions will come prepared to engage in substantive negotiations on our latest fair and generous proposal, which meets the demands of current LIRR employees by offering 17 percent raises, including $22,000 in average back pay."

Also Wednesday, several state senators from Long Island urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the talks. A spokesman for the governor did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

 

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:02:37 GMT
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
  • Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-07-19 02:27:23 GMT

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

  • Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-18 23:07:26 GMT
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
Powered by WorldNow

4739 NW 53rd Avenue, Sutie B
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 371-0051

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices