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MTA sweetens contract offer to LIRR; Strike contingency plan in place

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  • Lew's View: LIRR workers' strike threat

    Lew's View: LIRR workers' strike threat

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-06-11 20:47:40 GMT
    Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. In this commentary, Mr. Leone weighs in on a possible work strike by LIRR employees.
    Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. In this commentary, Mr. Leone weighs in on a possible work strike by LIRR employees.
MYFOXNY.COM/AP - With less than a month before a potentially crippling Long Island Rail Road strike, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority offered a new proposal to union workers.

But the LIRR union's lead negotiator Anthony Simon says the offer is still not what the unions want.

The MTA said Tuesday it has offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years. Its earlier offer called for an 11 percent hike over six years.

The unions are pushing for a 17 percent increase over six years.

The MTA offer also seeks concessions including requiring current employees to contribute 2 percent of regular pay toward health care costs. Currently, LIRR workers don't contribute toward their health insurance.

A strike could come as early as July 20, affecting 300,000 daily riders.

The MTA's strike contingency plan includes busing LIRR commuters. It is also encouraging riders to plan a vacation during the potential strike or make arrangements to stay with friends in New York City.

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  • Car strikes toddler; driver arrested

    Car strikes toddler; driver arrested

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:15:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say a 30-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with an accident that injured a 3-year-old girl being pushed in a stroller. Police say Scott Shea of Middle Island was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, just south of Montauk Highway, when he struck the toddler at about 3:45 p.m. Monday.
    Police on Long Island say a 30-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with an accident that injured a 3-year-old girl being pushed in a stroller. Police say Scott Shea of Middle Island was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, just south of Montauk Highway, when he struck the toddler at about 3:45 p.m. Monday.
  • Learning mindfulness in elementary school

    Learning mindfulness in elementary school

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:00:52 GMT
    Coping with stress and anxiety is on the curriculum at several Long Island schools. Students in elementary grades are learning meditation techniques. On most days, Mr. D's fourth grade class in Islip is like any other class. But once a week for 8 weeks, teachers like Kelly come in and teach students about mindfulness. Kelly is with Mission Be, a nonprofit organization bringing mindful education to public schools.
    Coping with stress and anxiety is on the curriculum at several Long Island schools. Students in elementary grades are learning meditation techniques. On most days, Mr. D's fourth grade class in Islip is like any other class. But once a week for 8 weeks, teachers like Kelly come in and teach students about mindfulness. Kelly is with Mission Be, a nonprofit organization bringing mindful education to public schools.
  • Cabs for women driven by women

    Cabs for women driven by women

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:14:45 GMT
    Taxis come in yellow, green, black, and now... hot pink? They're called SheTaxis and they are from a cab service for women by women. (The cabs aren't actually pink, but drivers will carry pink pashminas.)The service is coming to New York this week. You could almost think of it as an all-female Uber.
    Taxis come in yellow, green, black, and now... hot pink? They're called SheTaxis and they are from a cab service for women by women. (The cabs aren't actually pink, but drivers will carry pink pashminas.)The service is coming to New York this week. You could almost think of it as an all-female Uber.
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