NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With a possible strike looming next month, Long Island Rail Road union officials are threatening to skip the next scheduled negotiating session with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, arguing the agency is not bargaining in good faith and is guilty of “cheap political grandstanding.”
The MTA said Tuesday it has offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years. Its earlier offer called for an 11 percent hike over six years.READ MORE: Fire Destroys Carteret, New Jersey Apartment Complex; Dozens Displaced
The LIRR union’s lead negotiator, Anthony Simon, said the MTA’s latest offer is unacceptable. The unions are pushing for a 17 percent increase over six years.