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Gregory DeFreitas on LIRR/MTA Deal; LI Economy


“NY transit strike averted, tentative contract deal reached”

While commuters are breathing a sigh of relief, Dr. DeFreitas, director of Hofstra’s Labor Studies Program, notes that this tentative deal could erode support between current employees and future hires who will have less generous benefits than their more seasoned colleagues.


“Long Island economy adds 15,100 jobs”


Job growth had 15,100 more jobs, compared with June of last year, making it the largest year-over-year increase in five months. But Dr. DeFreitas notes that the financial sector’s 3.8 percent year-over-year decline was the worst for June since the 2008 to 2009 period, and job growth in leisure and hospitality remains sluggish.


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