The MTA said Thomas Prendergast, the MTA's chairman, would discuss the negotiations in a press conference on Monday afternoon.
On Friday, the MTA announced details of a contingency plan in case of a strike,including school buses to shuttle 15,000 commuters and ferry services that could carry another 3,000 passengers. The MTA said it was also asking employers to allow tens of thousands of employees to work from home.
The MTA had offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years and would require future employees to pay higher contributions for medical insurance and pensions.
In the last proposal made public by the coalition of eight unions representing LIRR, workers asked for a wage hike of 17 percent over six years without such concessions from future employees.
-- By Reuters