Impending LIRR strike?

Impending LIRR strike?

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#1 Feb 20, 2014
Members of Congress sent a letter to the MTA Wednesday, urging the agency to call another presidential emergency board to deal with an impending LIRR strike, or to follow the first board’s suggestions.

“Any disruption in LIRR severe would severely impact many of our constituents,” said the letter to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast, from 12 reps, including Peter King, Steve Israel, and Grace Meng.

The letter also said that the strike would force riders to use other forms of transportation that are “time consuming, inconvenient, and costly.”

Workers in the Sheet Metal, Air and Transportation Union voted earlier this month to strike in March if the MTA doesn’t adopt the recommendations from an emergency board of negotiators appointed by President Obama.

Among other things, the panel called for pay raises.

It did not suggest work-rule changes.

“The Unions do not want to strike, but it looks like the MTA does,” said Anthony Simon, head of the SMART union, and urged the MTA to adopt the negotiators’ recommendations.

MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the findings of the presidential board “ignored the sacrifices MTA customers and taxpayers make in financing railroad operations, the critical need for capital maintenance, and the stark realities of MTA finances.”

He also said the MTA is hopeful they reach an agreement with workers.

On Friday, unions representing LIRR workers, as well as federal and local officials, will gather at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to discuss strategies to avert the March strike.

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#2 Feb 20, 2014
Who cares ,


Take the Bus,...

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#3 Feb 20, 2014
You can't take a bus from the eastern tip of Long Island all the way to manhattan!

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#4 Feb 20, 2014
Rent a Car,...

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#5 Feb 20, 2014
Big Time wrote:
Rent a Car,...
What's the sense of that if you already have one? Plus, more cars would just make the LIE even more clogged.

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#6 Feb 20, 2014
Call A Taxi,...

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#7 Feb 20, 2014
Big Time wrote:
Call A Taxi,...
An NYC taxi won't drive to pick up someone outside of the five boroughs. You can be dropped off anywheres in the NYC metropolitan area though, as long as you are picked up in NYC. Taxis would clog the expressway even more. Same as a livery cab.

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#8 Feb 20, 2014
Hitch hiking Is Still Legal,...

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#9 Feb 20, 2014
Big Time wrote:
Hitch hiking Is Still Legal,...
Hitch hiking is illegal along any US interstate, and some counties and towns ban it.

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#10 Feb 20, 2014
MJS14 wrote:
Members of Congress sent a letter to the MTA Wednesday, urging the agency to call another presidential emergency board to deal with an impending LIRR strike, or to follow the first board’s suggestions.
“Any disruption in LIRR severe would severely impact many of our constituents,” said the letter to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast, from 12 reps, including Peter King, Steve Israel, and Grace Meng.
The letter also said that the strike would force riders to use other forms of transportation that are “time consuming, inconvenient, and costly.”
Workers in the Sheet Metal, Air and Transportation Union voted earlier this month to strike in March if the MTA doesn’t adopt the recommendations from an emergency board of negotiators appointed by President Obama.
Among other things, the panel called for pay raises.
It did not suggest work-rule changes.
“The Unions do not want to strike, but it looks like the MTA does,” said Anthony Simon, head of the SMART union, and urged the MTA to adopt the negotiators’ recommendations.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the findings of the presidential board “ignored the sacrifices MTA customers and taxpayers make in financing railroad operations, the critical need for capital maintenance, and the stark realities of MTA finances.”
He also said the MTA is hopeful they reach an agreement with workers.
On Friday, unions representing LIRR workers, as well as federal and local officials, will gather at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to discuss strategies to avert the March strike.
Can't talk to the President...he's on vacation...again.

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#11 Feb 20, 2014
The president of LIRR? The president of LIRR is a woman...

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#12 Feb 20, 2014
Oh you mean't Obama!

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#13 Feb 20, 2014
Ride a Bicycle,...




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#14 Feb 20, 2014
Nobody is gonna ride a bike from anywhere on Long Island to manhattan, besides in queens and brooklyn.

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#15 Feb 20, 2014
Call 911,...

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#16 Feb 20, 2014
What's the sense of that?
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#17 Feb 20, 2014
Big Time wrote:
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LOL

Never seen this many excuses since my daughter whined about walking to the end of the driveway to catch the school bus.

Don't know what the mileage is, but they could always take up jogging.

Carpooling is probably out of the question.

:^`\

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#18 Feb 20, 2014
... these are the times that try mens souls citizens hear me out ... this could happen to you ...



... what a pity ... no he never returned ...

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#19 Feb 20, 2014
Independent wrote:
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LOL
Never seen this many excuses since my daughter whined about walking to the end of the driveway to catch the school bus.
Don't know what the mileage is, but they could always take up jogging.
Carpooling is probably out of the question.
:^`\
To go from anywheres east of queens and brooklyn (where LIRR serves) is about 15-20 miles, depending on where in Manhattan one goes.

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#20 Feb 20, 2014
Bum a Ride,...

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