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Metro-North workers are considering a strike if contract issues aren’t settled with MTA management.
The head of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) says he'll ask its 2,400 members to authorize a work stoppage. Union members would have to vote to protest the contractual disputes such as safety issues and disability pensions.
The group is Metro-North's largest union, and represents engineers, conductors, rail traffic controllers and more.
MTA officials say productive talks with union leaders continue, and they say they expect to resolve any issues. An MTA spokesperson added that the threat to strike is a scare tactic and that, "To threaten hundreds of thousands of Metro-North customers with an unlawful strike is completely irresponsible."
There's no word yet as to when, or if, the union members will vote on the strike.
Roughly 280,000 commuters travel on the Metro-North every weekday.
The last strike on Metro-North was back in 1983.