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More Talks, but No Deal, in LIRR Contract Discussion

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TWC News: LIRR Talks Break Off Between MTA, Unions
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While the threat of a Long Island Rail Road strike on July 20 is still there, both sides seem to be open to more negotiations.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and union leaders met for more than four hours Thursday.

The MTA has made an offer of 17 percent pay hikes over seven years.

"They came in and made a formal counteroffer, which was discussed We've got more discussions to have with them," said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. "We're all concerned with trying to reach resolution with this particular issue and we will continue the discussions."

"I think everybody in that room has the same intent right now to make sure that we can prevent a strike," said Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union.

This latest round of talks resumed a day after MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast was told by Congress that it would not step into the talks.

It's unclear when both sides will be back at the table.

A strike would affect more than 300,000 daily riders and 5,000 workers.

The MTA is making contingency plans.

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