No deal reached in latest LIRR negotiations

Yesterday’s labor talks in Manhattan ended after about three hours, with no progress reported. Both unions tell News 12 they are frustrated. (7/8/14)

MANHATTAN - Talks between the MTA and Long Island Rail Road labor unions in New York City today did not resolve the looming strike only two weeks away.

MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast today sent a letter to congressional leaders asking whether they intend to intervene in the ongoing labor dispute between the MTA and LIRR labor unions. He says union leadership is unwilling to work constructively with the MTA to resolve the dispute.

Eight unions representing 5,400 LIRR employees have threatened to strike on July 20.

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Prendergast says the MTA has made three contract offers to the unions, which have all been turned down.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Prendergast wrote, “Unfortunately, the union’s leadership has taken the position that the MTA must meet its demands or it will strike, a threat they feel comfortable making because they assume Congress will stop their strike after a few days.”

Anthony Simon, the head of the union that represents the LIRR employees, has said that getting Congress involved is not their strategy. He says their strategy involves preventing a strike, not provoking one.

Prendergast says he will travel to Washington, D.C. Wednesday to discuss the matter with members of Congress.

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