There was handshaking and back-patting all around on Thursday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped broker a deal between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Long Island Rail Road unions to avoid a potentially crippling strike.
There are no plans to restart talks between the MTA and workers’ unions after negotiations broke down on Monday with both sides walking away from the table.
Long Island Rail Road unions say talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have collapsed with just six days left before a potential walkout of 5,400 workers.
Negotiations aimed at avoiding a Long Island Rail Road strike are reportedly set to resume Monday.
There is still no deal between union workers and the MTA to avert a possible Long Island Rail Road strike in just nine days.
With time running out, there was still no deal Thursday between Long Island Rail Road unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with just 10 days to go before a strike could begin.
Lawmakers said they have no plans to get involved with the contract dispute and urged the MTA and the unions to return to the bargaining table.
The agency said Wednesday it has print ads running in seven daily newspapers and radio ads airing on 11 stations, including 1010 WINS and WCBS 880.
MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast will travel to Washington on Wednesday to ask Congress what its intentions are if an agreement is not reached by the July 20 deadline.
Contract talks are expected to resume Tuesday afternoon between the MTA and LIRR union workers.
Commuters are bracing for the worst after the latest round of contract talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road union workers ended with no compromise in sight.
The March 21 strike threat is on hold until July 20 as union members and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agree to more talks with a federal arbitrator in Washington.
MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said issues between the agency and labor unions could result in an almost 12 percent fare hike next year, three times more than planned.