January 18, 1987 |
With tempers running short, exhausted union negotiators pushed back a strike deadline Saturday and gave themselves another day to reach agreement with the nation's largest commuter railroad. "I think the people just ran out of steam," Long Island Rail Road President Bruce McIver said, explaining why a deadline of 6 a.m. Saturday had been pushed back 24 hours.
January 25, 1987
The head of one of eight unions striking the Long Island Rail Road said he saw "light at the end of the tunnel" in the walkout, which has affected 150,000 commuters. Negotiators took the day off, but the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers held informal talks, said Joseph A. Cassidy Jr., its chairman. The sides were not really close, Cassidy said, but a plan by Rep. Norman F. Lent (R-N.Y.) to have Congress order the strikers temporarily back to work has provided impetus for a settlement.
January 27, 1987
The Long Island Rail Road settled with three more striking unions, but trains were idle for a ninth day on the nation's largest commuter line as five unions still lacked contracts. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Police Benevolent Assn. and the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers reached separate pacts with the railroad. Signalmen, train repairmen, metal workers, electricians and plumbers are still negotiating.
August 8, 1989 |
A garbage dump caught fire beneath Interstate 78 Monday, buckling the elevated roadway and causing a shutdown of the thoroughfare at one of the nation's busiest highway interchanges. "This is the most serious traffic emergency in my memory," said Gov. Thomas H. Kean, who flew over the site. "It could not have occurred in a worse place." Further problems linking the busy New York area with parts of Pennsylvania could occur if the blaze spreads south to rubbish beneath U.S.
January 19, 1987 |
The nation's busiest commuter railway shut down Sunday when contract negotiations failed between the Long Island Rail Road and 11 unions, idling 6,600 workers. "Operations on the railroad are now shut down," Long Island Rail Road spokesman Jim Burns said shortly after the strike over wages and benefits began at 6:01 a.m. The effects of the strike were minimal Sunday, a light ridership day, and were not expected to be fully felt today, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
September 19, 1991 |
Tuesday's massive telephone breakdown in New York, the fourth major disruption of a U.S. telecommunications network this year, underscores how cutthroat phone competition and reduced regulation have left the nation vulnerable to serious disruptions in commerce and communications, officials said Wednesday.