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LIRR pact aftermath: Old dispute, new questions

A Long Island Rail Road train pulls into

A Long Island Rail Road train pulls into Hicksville station on the afternoon of July 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Last week’s contract agreement averting a Long Island Rail Road strike left questions in its wake — including just how much pension and health care concessions would offset wage costs, and how New York City bus and subway workers will respond in their next contract round, having settled under different negotiating conditions for lesser wage hikes in April.

On the revenue side, that billion-dollar-plus per year MTA payroll tax enacted in 2009 looks pretty important after all.

Beyond that, check out Alfonso Castillo's description of how the agreement came to be.

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