MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Unions negotiating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say talks aimed at avoiding a walkout at the nation's largest commuter railroad have collapsed.
Anthony Simon, the workers' chief negotiator, says Monday afternoon that the 8 Long Island Rail Road unions are now proceeding with strike plans.
MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast planned to comment on the talks later Monday at MTA headquarters in Manhattan.
The unions representing 5,400 workers have said they intend to strike unless an agreement is reached by July 20. Simon says it appears a strike is likely.
A strike could affect 300,000 daily riders, most of whom travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.
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