Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

Categories: LIRR, Unions

C.S. Muncy
The Long Island Rail Road's Babylon stop a little after 6 a.m. today.
Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the agreement was reached.

"This is a compromise by both parties after four long years," said Cuomo, while sandwiched between MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast, and United Transportation Union President Anthony Simon. "It means that we reached and agreement and we can both move forward."

The new agreement won't result in fare increases for Long Island Railroad riders, who can get back to acting a fool inside those freezing train cars.

The union members will see a 17-percent wage increase over 6 and a half years, but will also see healthcare costs come out of their paychecks for the first time.

C.S. Muncy
Back normal: Penn Station at 4:50 a.m. today.

Full press release is on the next page.

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