A tentative deal was reached Thursday that averts a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad, a top union negotiator said.
Anthony Simon told The Associated Press about the tentative agreement with the Long Island Rail Road.
After days of avoiding the fray, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly waded into a labor dispute Wednesday that threatens to bring the nation's largest commuter railroad to a standstill.
Cuomo said a strike on the Long Island Rail Road would be "highly disruptive" to nearly 300,000 daily riders. He called on rail worker unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restart talks to avert a strike; an hour later the MTA invited the unions back to the bargaining table.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the contract dispute between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.
Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.
No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.
Unions negotiating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday that talks aimed at avoiding a walkout at the nation's largest commuter railroad have collapsed.
George Santos owns Ryders Joe Deli. It's located right next to the train station in New Hyde Park, just outside of Queens. He said if Long Island Rail Road workers strike, it would be devastating for his business.
A union leader says a strike next month is more likely after talks with the management of the Long Island Rail Road ended abruptly Friday.
Newsday reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders met for less than two hours before negotiations ended.
Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen says his members are preparing for a strike.
Long Island Rail Road's largest union has unanimously voted to strike, with a walkout possible as soon as March.