- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Members of the unions representing most Long Island Rail Road workers have approved the four-year contract that was negotiated last month.

Anthony Simon of the United Transportation Union tells Newsday on Friday (http://nwsdy.li/1oWiY8i ) that about 95 percent of the members of the eight unions voted in favor the contract.

The unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a tentative labor deal on July 17.

The deal came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prodded the two sides to reach an agreement and avert a strike.

The contract provides a 17-percent raise over six and a half years. It also requires workers to begin paying for health care at a rate of about 2 percent of their weekly wages.

Negotiations are continuing between the MTA and three smaller unions.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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