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Letter: LIRR demands don't acknowledge slump

The MTA and Long Island Rail Road unions

The MTA and Long Island Rail Road unions will return to the bargaining table next week, officials said Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

I'm a longtime Long Island Rail Road commuter, and although it would greatly inconvenience me, I hope the LIRR unions strike ["Talking again," News, July 3]. And I hope they lose tons of wages during the strike. And I hope that our governor and his cohorts don't strong-arm the Metropolitan Transportation Authority management into giving in to the unions' blackmail.

I'm sick of the sheer greed. In an economy where so many people are out of work or have endured lengthy stretches of unemployment, where wages have stagnated, and where private-sector pensions have become virtually nonexistent, these union leaders are not satisfied.

But then again, why should they be? With politicians lining up behind them for valued photo-ops, and the strength of two rulings from presidential boards that defy common sense, but are rather the manifestation of the Obama administration's wealth redistribution agenda, why should they yield even an inch?

In recent months, unions throughout the area have accepted offers that varied in degrees of richness but recognized today's economic realities: Long Island's municipal unions, New York City teachers, and even the MTA's subway unions. Only the LIRR's workers -- the ones coming off a scandal involving fat retirement pensions and fraudulently secured disability pensions -- feel they should be able to hold up the hardworking citizens of the region.

Corey Multer, Merrick