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Is a strike looming for LIRR?

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LONG ISLAND (PIX11) — Union officials representing Long Island Rail Road workers put out a timeline this week suggesting employees could strike March 21, 2014.

A Federal Emergency Board heard arguments at the end of last year from the union and the MTA. The board issued a recommendation calling for back pay and additional employee contributions. The MTA argued the finances are too tight to afford it.

The MTA rejected the offer at a hearing in January.

“None of our unions want to strike. We believe the recommendations are fair and balanced,” said General Chairman Anthony Simon

The parties are in an official 60-day cooling off period. The MTA could request another federal review board from President Barack Obama. That would begin the process again and move the potential of any strike down the road into the summer.

“We remain hopeful we can reach a negotiated solution,” said MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg.