Strike Averted As Deal Reached Between MTA, LIRR Unions


lirrNew York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there is a tentative deal between the MTA and the Long Island Rail Road unions, averting a strike that could have come this weekend.

With MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast and the unions’ chief negotiator Anthony Simon seated by his side, Cuomo said Thursday that a “compromise by both parties” had been reached.

The LIRR’s unions representing 5,400 workers were threatening to strike starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday if a deal wasn’t reached and a strike seemed likely earlier this week when negotiations broke down.

The two sides returned to the table Thursday at Cuomo’s Manhattan office, who said he began participating in talks directly after the two sides met Wednesday but failed to come to an agreement. The unions have been working without a contract since 2010.

Under the terms of the deal reached Thursday, LIRR employees will receive 17 percent raises over six and a half years and contribute to their health insurance costs.
New employees will also have different wage progressions and pension plan contributions.

The contract will have no impact on MTA fares and will be accommodated within revisions to the MTA financial plan, Cuomo said.

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