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New York MTA board signs off on LIRR contracts

It’s official. Yesterday, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board approved labor agreements with 17 of MTA Long Island Rail Road’s bargaining units. Union members signed the contracts last month.

Retroactive to Jan. 1, 2007 and running through June 15, 2010, the contract includes wage increases of 4 percent effective Jan. 1, 2007; 3.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2008; and 3 percent effective in January 2009. It also includes two provisions that reduce future pension costs for LIRR while providing improvements to other benefit levels.

The contracts cover workers represented by the United Transportation Union (UTU), Transportation Communications International Union, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Independent Railway Supervisors Association, National Conference of Firement & Oilers, Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and UTU Yardmasters.

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