Congress: Don’t Rely on Us to End LIRR Dispute

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -

Several congressmen met Wednesday with the head of the Long Island Rail Road’s parent group, telling him — and pronouncing later to union leaders — that they should not count on Congress to resolve a contract dispute at the nation’s largest commuter railroad.

“No one should bet on Congress stepping into this,” Rep. Peter King said.

The union is threatening a strike later this month, rejecting an MTA proposal for a 17 percent raise over seven years, plus a 2percent contribution toward health insurance. They want the raise over six years while leaving work rules and pensions alone.