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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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  • Teen sentenced for deadly crash

    Teen sentenced for deadly crash

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:10:11 GMT
    A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
    A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
  • 2 charged with stealing used cooking oil

    2 charged with stealing used cooking oil

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:15:56 GMT
    Police on Long Island say two people are charged with stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants.
    Police on Long Island say two people are charged with stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants.
  • 2 kids among 5 dead in fiery crash

    2 kids among 5 dead in fiery crash

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:26:37 GMT
    Authorities say a car veered off a New York highway, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing all five people in the vehicle, including two children.
    Authorities say a car veered off a New York highway, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing all five people in the vehicle, including two children.
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