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MTA, LIRR Unions To Return to Bargaining Table Next Week

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With a strike deadline looming, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road unions will be back at the bargaining table next week, this time with federal oversight.

The National Mediation Board scheduled talks between the two sides for next Tuesday.

If a deal can't be reached by July 20, the unions for the busiest commuter rail in North America will likely go on strike.

In response to the new meetings, the MTA's Director of Labor Relations said in a statement, "We are hoping the unions will come prepared to engage in substantive negotiations on our latest fair and generous proposal, which meets the demands of current LIRR employees by offering 17% raises, including $22,000 in average back pay."

The unions say that offer didn't go far enough.

A spokesperson said representatives will attend the meeting and hope the MTA will "consider our latest fair counter proposal. We will do what it takes to hopefully prevent a strike as we have always done."

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