LIRR workers hold rally in Massapequa ahead of possible strike

Workers have been without a contract since 2010. (6/21/14)

MASSAPEQUA - A rally was held today in Massapequa in support of Long Island Rail Road workers, who are demanding more money and new contracts from the MTA.

With a possible strike looming on July 20, more than 1,000 LIRR union members came out to make their voices heard. Workers have been without a contract since 2010.

The MTA has proposed an 11 percent raise over six years, but the union is asking for a 17 percent raise over the same time period. A spokesperson for the MTA told News 12 Long Island that they just recently offered more than their proposed 11 percent raise, and said it's not right that union workers refuse to compromise on the pay increase.

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The MTA has worked out a strike contingency plan, but it only accommodates about one-third of its commuters.

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