NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Members of the unions representing most Long Island Rail Road workers have approved the four-year contract that was negotiated last month.
The unions reached a deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on July 17.
Talks had broken down and a strike appeared inevitable until Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped in and urged both sides to reach a deal.
The new contract provides a 17 percent pay increase over 6 and a half years. It also requires workers to begin paying for health care at a rate of about 2 percent of their weekly wages.
Before the deal had been reached, the unions had been working without a contract since 2010.
The MTA said it is still in negotiations with three smaller unions.
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