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Pittsburgh transit agency OKs labor contract

The contract includes 2.75% wage increases for light-rail operators for two years.
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The Port Authority of Allegheny County's board last month approved a two-year contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, which represents the Pittsburgh agency’s light-rail operators, maintenance and service personnel, administrative employees and first-level supervisors.

The contract calls for 2.75% wage increases in both years of the contract at a total cost of $7.8 million. Also under the contract, the health insurance carrier for retirees who are at least 65 years old will be changed, resulting in a savings of $10 million to the port authority over the next two years, port authority officials said in a press release.

The contract extends protections to non-operations employees who are assaulted while on duty, and includes various work rule changes that are expected to save the authority $1 million, they said.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2020, and extends through June 30, 2022. The previous four-year contract expired June 30, 2020.

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