LIRR, SMART heading back to bargaining table

June 16, 2014

Long Island Rail Road union leaders and MTA managers will meet Friday for their first face-to-face contract negotiation session in nearly two months, five weeks before a possible strike that could strand 300,000 daily commuters, a key union official and an MTA source said.

“It’s a good start that we’re getting in the room,” Anthony Simon, general chairman of the LIRR’s largest labor group, the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union/United Transportation Union, said Thursday. “If it goes well, we’ll go to a second day, then a third day. If we’re making progress, we’ll continue to sit down.”

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