This afternoon, the New York Daily News reported that the long-feared Long Island Railroad strike is a go.  The most recent set of negotiations over a new labor contract broke down after only 45 minutes of talks.  With both sides stating that an agreement is still miles away, a strike is set to take place beginning on July 20. 

“I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with the MTA and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20,” union spokesman Anthony Simon said.

Labor watchers estimate that an LIRR strike would strand over 300,000 daily commuters, which will bring an already over-crowded highway system to a virtual standstill.  We will have more on this story in tomorrow’s @LRToday.  Stay tuned.