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MTA sweetens contract offer to LIRR; Strike contingency plan in place

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  • Lew's View: LIRR workers' strike threat

    Lew's View: LIRR workers' strike threat

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-06-11 20:47:40 GMT
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MYFOXNY.COM/AP - With less than a month before a potentially crippling Long Island Rail Road strike, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority offered a new proposal to union workers.

But the LIRR union's lead negotiator Anthony Simon says the offer is still not what the unions want.

The MTA said Tuesday it has offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years. Its earlier offer called for an 11 percent hike over six years.

The unions are pushing for a 17 percent increase 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 come as early as July 20, affecting 300,000 daily riders.

The MTA's strike contingency plan includes busing LIRR commuters. It is also encouraging riders to plan a vacation during the potential strike or make arrangements to stay with friends in New York City.

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