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LIRR’s Largest Union Votes To Approve Strike

February 6, 2014

CBS New York

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Long Island Rail Road’s largest union has unanimously voted to strike.

Members of the Sheet Metal, Air and Transportation Union cast their votes Wednesday night in Massapequa.

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A labor stoppage could come on March 21 unless an agreement is reached on a new three-year contract or the Metropolitan Transportation Authority asks the White House to intervene with a second Presidential Emergency Board.

The request for the second board would put off the strike until July at the earliest, Newsday reported.

The dispute is over pay raises and union givebacks. The MTA said it can’t afford any increases. The agency recently rejected a mediator’s proposal because it does not include a work rule change to trim expenses and keep fare hikes down.

LIRR unions have been without a contract since…

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