LI commuters make arrangements to better deal with transit strike
Many Long Islanders made arrangements to better deal with their commute into Manhattan in the face of the transit strike Tuesday.
Residents packed various Long Island Rail Road stations earlier than usual to get a head start on their long commute. Many said they wore warm clothing since they planned on walking once they arrived at Penn Station. While many Long Island residents say they are prepared to handle the situation, they are frustrated they are caught in the middle of a strike between the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
TWU President Roger Toussaint announced the full strike around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Wage increases were one issue stalling talks. The TWU board rejected the MTAs plan to balance a wage increase by requiring new transit workers to pay for their own benefits, unlike current employees. The MTA says it offered the union its best and final offer. The MTA and state attorney general head back to court at 11 a.m. to enforce fines against picketing transit workers for the illegal strike.
According to the MTA, 7 million commuters travel on NYC buses and trains each day. The last strike was 25 years ago and lasted 11 days.
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