MANHATTAN - The MTA has made a new offer to union workers in an effort to avoid a Long Island Rail Road strike.

The MTA says the offer gives unions everything that they have asked for, including a 17 percent retroactive wage increase for current LIRR employees.

MTA officials say, however, that the increase would be funded by having new employees pay more for their health care and toward their pension. They say it would also take workers longer to move up the pay scale.

Today, union leaders say they are upset the MTA announced its offer to the public before presenting it to them. Leaders say they are considering not showing up to Friday’s planned bargaining session, according to Newsday.

The 17 percent wage increase has been a major sticking point in negotiations and has LIRR unions threatening to strike on July 20.