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MBTA, Union Sue Over Arbitrator's Pay Award

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MBTA management and the union representing some workers have filed dueling lawsuits in a dispute over an arbitrator's award that would increase T workers' salaries by an average of more than 10 percent.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials say the raises outlined in the arbitrator's decision would cost $62 million to $88 million, a sum that would put the transit agency in financial jeopardy.

An official with the Boston Carmen's Union said in a message to its 6,000 members, which include MBTA bus and subway operators and maintenance crew, that the T is trying to shortchange them in fighting the award.

A T spokesman tells The Boston Globe the arbitrator did not give due consideration to the MBTA's financial ability in her decision.

This program aired on October 4, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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