New York's MTA, unions to continue talks Thursday to avert strike

NEW YORK Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:31pm EDT

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Thomas Prendergast (C) exits from a meeting between the MTA and Unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers, in New York July 16, 2014.    REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Thomas Prendergast (C) exits from a meeting between the MTA and Unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers, in New York July 16, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing 5,400 workers on the Long Island Rail Road will continue talks to avert a strike that may affect hundreds of thousands of commuters, both sides said on Wednesday.

"We will all be here and we will have communications back and forth all night long. And we will resume face to face 10 a.m. tomorrow," Anthony Simon, spokesman for the eight-union coalition, told reporters after about six hours of negotiations.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner)

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