Long Island Railroad unions accept concessions – World Socialist Web Site 7-26-14

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

A coalition of eight unions representing 5,400 Long Island Rail Road LIRR workers accepted a takeaway contract settlement in New York July 17, blocking a threatened strike that could have crippled the country’s largest commuter rail line.The agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority MTA was proclaimed by United Transport Union president Anthony Simon, the lead union negotiator, as a “fair deal,” adding he was “comfortable our members will support it.”In reality, the LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions in New York and the Democratic-led state and city administrations of Governor Mario Cuomo and the self-proclaimed “progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio. These Democratic politicians, promoted by the unions as “friends of labor,” have been able to push through givebacks that their Republican predecessors were unable to achieve.

via Long Island Railroad unions accept concessions – World Socialist Web Site.

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