New York governor convening talks to avert threatened rail strike

NEW YORK, July 17 Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:29am EDT

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NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is convening talks on Thursday between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and labor unions in an attempt to avert a Long Island Rail Road strike.

Three days before union bosses for 5,400 workers promised to start a walkout at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Cuomo said in a statement that he had called the two sides to a meeting at his office in New York City.

"I want to make sure I have done everything I can possibly do to avert a strike, so I will now convene a meeting at 10 a.m. at my Manhattan office to continue discussions," Cuomo said in the statement. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Jonathan Allen)

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