Editorial: Workin’ on the railroad

| New York Daily News

The Long Island Rail Road workers threatening to go on strike this year make livings that most New Yorkers can only envy.

The average LIRR employee made $83,794 in 2013 — 62% higher than the city’s median household income — and more than a quarter of them boasted incomes north of $100,000, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Both figures were the highest of any division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — excepting the MTA police.

And yet LIRR unions are threatening a September walkout unless they get raises totaling 17% over six years.

That inflated number came from a federal mediation panel, whose members recklessly ignored that the bulk of the MTA workforce just agreed to raises totaling 8.25% over six years, less than half the amount demanded by the LIRR workers.

Unlike their colleagues in other divisions, LIRR employees operate under federal railroad laws and have a legal ability to strike. But to invoke that right in the name of gaining excessive raises on top of already generous pay would be railroad robbery.

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