LIers watch closely as transit strike talks continue

The MTA and Transit Workers Union (TWU) are working to come to an agreement, even as the first strike deadline passed and the new deadline of 12:01 a.m., Tuesday looms.

The negotiations are taking place at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. Major sticking points for the talks include wage increases and the MTAs plan to raise the retirement age from 55 to 62. The TWU has recently said it would accept a 6 percent raise over several years, instead of the 8 percent its seeking, as long as the MTA reduces the amount of disciplinary actions against transit workers. The MTA chairman said last week he gave the TWU his best and final offer and pointed out that a strike would be illegal under a previous agreement.

Meanwhile, LIRR officials say they support the TWU, but stress LI straphangers will still be able to get to Grand Central Station in NYC.

Related article Transit Strike Information for LI

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