The MTA and its main union announced a provisional agreement on Wednesday, after six months of tension without agreement. Peluso said the deal could also delay the eventual closure of several LIRR counters – one of many cuts the MTA will consider if Congress does not grant its $12 billion request to cover coronavirus costs. MTA officials said closing ticket counters would cut 60 jobs and save $8 million. LIRR ticket agents and administrators are TCU members covered by the agreement. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Workers Union have entered into an interim contract that prevents the possibility of labor disputes or strikes that could disrupt vacation traffic. The head of the MTA says he has a contract with the union for a new [email protected] pic.twitter.com/aW7t7rNDor “This agreement ensures that our members can continue to work while the MTA makes arrangements to allow a safe return to the offices for all employees,” said Nicholas Peluso, TCU`s national representative. “… Workers covered by this agreement can continue to work until the end of the year, without Furlough`s constant fear. “I am pleased to have found a negotiated solution with the MTA which I believe will overwhelmingly ratify local membership of 100,” Tony Utano, president of the Local Union of Transport Workers 100, said on the union`s website. An agreement between MTA management and one of its largest unions will prevent layoffs for hundreds of workers by the end of 2020, but workers working from home also demand that they accept a 10% pay cut, union officials said. The agreement between the Transportation Communication Union, which represents approximately 2,500 workers, including hundreds at Long Island Rail Road, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority administration came as a temporary agreement to allow union members to work from home while the coronavirus pandemic was coming to an end. Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement that the framework of the agreement had been agreed over the weekend before the interim agreement was reached today.