Talks between the MTA and Long Island Railroad union leaders are set to resume today, as a possible strike looms later this month.

The MTA is offering workers a 17 percent raise over 7 years, but they also want the employees to contribute more to their pension and health care costs.

The unions want a 17 percent raise over 6 years, and they want their benefits left intact.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he can’t intervene in negotiations, but federal lawmakers can.

“It’s actually Congress  that can end the strike and impose a settlement, one way or the other,” Cuomo said.

He said Congress has a number of options, including sending employees back to work, ordering a settlement or ordering arbitration.

Workers could strike as soon as July 20th without a deal.


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