September 22, 2014

Obama announces second PEB in LIRR dispute

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, March 20, signed an executive order creating a second Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and some of its unionized employees. The appointment of a second PEB means that a strike by members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, [...]

SMART GO 505 prepares to strike LIRR

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Following the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Jan. 15 announcement that it is rejecting a proposed series of wage increases for unionized employees on the Long Island Rail Road, SMART Transportation Division General Committee of Adjustment GO 505 has signaled that its members are prepared to strike as early as March 21. The wage increases [...]

MTA rejects PEB’s proposed raises for LIRR workers

The Long Island Railroad rolled closer to a possible summer strike Jan. 15 when transit executives rejected a proposed series of raises for workers. MTA Labor Relations Director Anita Miller notified the National Mediation Board that the authority would not enact a contract settlement for the commuter railroad that was crafted by an independent panel. [...]

PEB 244 issues recommendations in LIRR dispute

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Presidential Emergency Board 244 issued its recommendations Dec. 21 for settling a dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and its unionized employees represented by the SMART Transportation Division and several other labor unions. The board’s recommendations are non-binding and the parties now have 120 days to reach agreement based on the recommendations. The three [...]

Presidential Emergency Board 244 proceedings begin

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Following years of failed negotiations with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road, the official proceedings of Presidential Emergency Board 244 (PEB 244) began Dec. 2, 2013, at the New York Hilton in New York City. MTA had been seeking three years of “net zero” wage increases and major concessions from labor [...]

Obama appoints PEB in LIRR dispute

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President Barack Obama Nov. 22 signed an executive order creating a Presidential Emergency Board 244 to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and some of its employees. According to the White House, PEB 244 will provide a structure for the two sides to resolve their disagreements. The board will hear [...]