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Metro-North commuters should brace themselves for a possible strike if the MTA and one of its unions can't agree on a contract.
According to the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE), key contractual concerns include safety issues and disability pensions. Many of the 2,400 ACRE members include engineers and conductors.
MTA officials say they are continuing to have productive talks with ACRE and expect to have the situation resolved.
An MTA spokesperson added that, "To threaten hundreds of thousands of Metro-North customers with an unlawful strike is completely irresponsible."
Roughly 280,000 commuters travel on the Metro-North every weekday. Commuters in Tarrytown told News 12 that a strike would jeopardize their daily routines.
Union members would vote on a strike by a secret ballot, but it's not known when that will take place.