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Stalemate Continues in LIRR Labor Contract Talks

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Negotiations have ended for the week with no deal reached between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers.

Both sides are trying to avoid a strike at the end of this month.

Earlier this week, the MTA offered a new seven-year deal which includes a 17 percent wage hike.

It would be retroactive to 2010 when the last contract expired.

The agency is also asking the unions for concessions including health care contributions for new and current workers.

The MTA calls it a fair deal, but union officials say it does not go far enough.

The railroad's unions can legally go on strike July 20.

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