Metro will be paying more than $100 million in back wages and pensions to unionized employees. The awards are the result of a three-year-long fight between the agency and one of its employees' unions.
Metro's board of directors has decided not to appeal a federal judge's decision that gives Metro employees that are part of the Amalgamated Transit Local 689 a pay raise.
Last month, a judge upheld an arbitrator's decision that awarded 3 percent raises for each of the last three years to more than 10,000 unionized employees.
Yesterday, the board reluctantly decided to end their three-year-long fight and accept the judge's ruling.
“We strongly disagree and were dismayed to learn the Court's perspective that wage increases are easily absorbed by our riders and stakeholders, a view we do not share,” Metro Board Chair Catherine Hudgins said in a statement, calling the increases "unsustainable."
The chair of Metro's board says the decision will cost the agency $96 million, plus $8 million for pensions. Metro has set aside money to pay for the increase.
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