Letter: LIRR labor news needs context

A conductor waves his hat as a sign

A conductor waves his hat as a sign of departure on this westbound LIRR train at the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station on July 26, 2011. (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

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The story "For rail workers" [News, Feb. 9], while useful in helping the public to anticipate the impact of the threatened Long Island Rail Road strike, does not help us judge the merits of the dispute.

How much are LIRR workers earning in salary and benefits? What would the impact of settling a contract be on other unions? Can acquiescing to one union and not another be justified?

If everyone gets a raise in a flat economy, how, if at all, can an already highly taxed community pay for it?

This is what we and decision-makers need to know. The public is often underserved in reporting on labor disputes.

Dan Subotnik, Huntington Station

Editor's note: The writer is a law professor at Touro Law School.

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