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Strike by NY commuter rail workers averted

July 17, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A top union negotiator says a tentative deal has been reached that averts a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad.

Anthony Simon told The Associated Press about the tentative agreement Thursday. It avoids a strike by 5,400 employees of New York's Long Island Rail Road. They have been working without a contract since 2010. Details of the agreement were not immediately announced.

Workers had threatened to strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Negotiations broke down earlier this week after both sides balked over the issue of forcing future employees to contribute to their health and pension plans.

Both sides resumed bargaining this week after prodding from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who became personally involved in the talks on Thursday.

 
 

 

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