Unions, MTA to communicate through night; face-to-face LIRR talks resume Thursday

The MTA and Long Island Rail Road unions say they will continue communications throughout the night. Both parties will again meet face to face at

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MANHATTAN - The MTA and Long Island Rail Road unions say they will continue communications throughout the night. Both parties will again meet face to face at the negotiation table Thursday at 10 a.m.

Union leader Anthony Simon did not elaborate on the particulars of Wednesday’s face-to-face meeting in Manhattan, but said that informal talks would continue throughout the night via Skype, phone and email.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement urging both sides to put New Yorkers’ interests first and return to the table to negotiate a deal. He called the potential closure of the LIRR “a difficult situation.”

Wednesday’s meeting was the first since talks between the two sides broke down on Monday.

Unions representing 5,400 workers have threatened to strike this Sunday at 12:01 a.m. unless they get a new contract.

The MTA offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years, but also want pension and health care concessions, which both sides agree is the sticking point holding up the process.

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