MTA, LIRR unions 6 weeks away from possible strike

According to Newsday, the unions are willing to

According to Newsday, the unions are willing to delay a strike until after Labor Day.

WOODBURY - A possible Long Island Rail Road strike is just six weeks away.

Negotiators from the MTA and LIRR unions are not speaking and have no plans to meet.

The stalemate comes after a presidential review board called for a six-year contract with 17 percent raises for LIRR laborers, but no changes to pensions or work rules.

The MTA wants a slimmer contract with smaller raises and other changes.

Union officials say they have already applied for picketing permits and printed signs and T-shirts for a July strike.

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