Long Island Railroad

Details of the deal are unknown
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo brokers deal to avert LIRR strike

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo share a collective hand shake after a tentative labor agreement for the Long Island Rail Road was reached.
Credit AP/Richard Drew

A deal to avert a crippling labor strike on the Long Island Rail Road has been reached.

Union and MTA leaders signed an agreement today that both sides said is equitable and will not cause a fair hike. However, exact details of the contract were not given.

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"Today we have laptops"
12:14 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Telecommuting could soften strike impact

A commuter uses the internet while waiting to board the Long Island Rail Road, something not possible 20 years ago.
Credit Charles Lane

Penn Station at rush hour is a din of train roars and the constant barking of a metallic PA system. A wall of commuters watch the boards to see what track their train comes in on. Once the train is called there is a mad rush down the stairs to find a seat.

In past strikes all 300,000 of these commuters would crowd the highways and bridges into Manhattan. Either that or risk losing their jobs. But there is a big difference between the last strike in 1994 and this week.

“Today we have laptops. So I'm working from home for the whole strike.”

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Passenger 'fainting' also spikes
6:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

LIRR injuries up 30%, blamed on winter weather

LIRR workers near Jamaica Station
Credit AP/Mary Altaffer

So far this year injures of workers on the Long Island Rail Road have increased more than 30% while passenger injuries have increased about 20%.

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Modest increase of Metro North riders
6:13 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

LIRR edges out Metro North as busiest commuter railroad

Credit Craig LeMoult

The Long Island Railroad has surpassed Metro North as the busiest commuter railroad in the country. The LIRR increased its ridership in 2013 by two percent, compared to 0.7 percent for Metro North.

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