Government Issues

Updated: Long Island Rail negotiations collapse, workers prepare to strike

Posted on July 15, 2014

Courtesy MTA
Courtesy MTA

(Updated) MINEOLA, N.Y. — Negotiators for the New York transit authority and the unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers arrived at a Manhattan law office Wednesday to resume talks aimed at avoiding a weekend strike that would strand the commuter rail system's nearly 300,000 daily riders, reported the Times Colonist.


MINEOLA, N.Y. — Pessimism grew about the prospects of a strike by Long Island Rail Road workers this weekend after union negotiators said Monday that talks had collapsed amid a dispute over whether future employees should be required to contribute to their health insurance and pensions, the Portland Press Herald reported.

RELATED: Possible strike would shut down U.S.' largest commuter rail system

A walkout, planned for next Sunday, July 20, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.
 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman/CEO Thomas Prendergast said he was open to further negotiations aimed at preventing a strike, but said unions were unwilling to yield on the issue of making future LIRR employees contribute to their health plans and pensions, according to the report.

For the full story, click here.


MTA Chairman/CEO Prendergast's Open Letter to LIRR Customers

Long Island Rail Road union leaders have threatened to strike as early as Sunday, July 20th.

The MTA remains committed to settling this matter quickly, but any new agreement must be affordable not just today, but also into the future, without jeopardizing the investments necessary to maintain the service we provide our riders or placing additional pressure on future fares.

In the most recent MTA offer, a current LIRR employee would receive:

• A 17% wage increase over seven years

• An average $22,000 retroactive payment

• Healthcare contributions of just 2% of base salary

• No changes to pension contributions

• No changes to work rules

To afford this offer, the MTA asks that future LIRR employees:
• Contribute 4% to healthcare

• Contribute to their pensions throughout their career as an LIRR employee

• Work more years to reach top pay

Under this plan, both existing and new LIRR employees will remain the highest paid commuter railroad workers in the country, and with the best pension in the industry.

A strike would have a devastating impact. It’s time to have productive negotiations to resolve our  differences and return to what we all do best together — serving our LIRR customers.

Sincerely,
 
Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Shuster to return as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman

He also spearheaded a signature achievement of the 114th Congress — the passage of the five-year, $305 billion FAST Act surface transportation bill.

Elaine L. Chao top pick for Secretary of Transportation

As Secretary of Labor, she was the only official in Bush’s cabinet to serve with him for all eight years.

Helsinki looks to app to reduce car usage

The app, called Whim, provides users with the best route to get to their destination, whether it’s by bus, train, or car.

Ballot measure defeat sends Mich. RTA officials back to drawing board

The 20-year, 1.2-mill property tax would have raised $4.6 billion for mass transit in Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Oakland counties.

Voters pass 33 of 48 transportation ballot measures

Throughout the country in 2016, in 23 states and communities of all sizes, voters considered nearly $200 billion in local investment for public transportation at the ballot box.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close