Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times reports that yesterday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) submitted a new offer to workers employeed by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in an attempt to nix a possible labor strike.  The new offer would provide LIRR workers with a 17% raise over 7 years. 

A union official made a short statement soon after the offer was released.  In the statement, the official noted that the proposal was still “way below” expectations.  In particular, the union has asked for a 17% raise over 6 years and are also unhappy with the proposed offer’s health care contribution percentages.

Troublingly for LIRR riders, the LIRR employees voted back in February to authorize a labor strike, which could take place as early as July 20.  We will keep you posted as this dispute continues to unfold.