Subway workers' pact weakens LIRR unions' leverage with MTA

A 7 train enters a subway station in

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A 7 train enters a subway station in Queens on Dec. 28, 2012. (Credit: AP)

Subway workers' overwhelming approval of a new contract Monday could help push Long Island Rail Road workers closer to a July strike because the deal has weakened their bargaining power with the MTA, a union source said.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100, representing 34,000 New York City Transit employees, Monday ratified a five-year deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

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