No deal reached to prevent looming LIRR strike

There is still no deal to prevent a looming LIRR strike this summer. Since Monday, mediators from a presidential advisory board have been unsuccessfully trying

If a deal isn't reached, workers could strike

If a deal isn't reached, workers could strike by July.

WOODBURY - There is still no deal to prevent a looming LIRR strike this summer.

Since Monday, mediators from a presidential advisory board have been unsuccessfully trying to hammer out a settlement to stop a strike by nearly 6,000 rail workers.

The latest offer from the MTA was to give workers a total of 11 percent in raises over the next six years. LIRR workers have been asking for 16 percent.

Union chief Anthony Simon says two tentative meetings have been set up with the MTA, but no date has been scheduled.

If a deal isn't reached, workers could strike by July.

The MTA issued a statement tonight saying it "offered a substantial pay increase for LIRR workers, yet the highest paid commuter railroad employees in the nation responded by threatening to strike if they do not get everything they demand."

The presidential advisory board plans to make a recommendation by May 20.

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