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Report: MBTA to furlough workers, execs

MBTA's furloughs will save the agency about $2.5 million, The Patriot Ledger reported.
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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will furlough about 1,000 workers for five days between February and June to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The forced five furlough days will be take place once a month, and will include MBTA’s general manager and other executives, as well as unionized members of the Transportation Executives Association, the Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 453 and United Steelworkers, a Boston news station reported.

Rail operators will not be required to take the furlough days,The Patriot Ledger reported.

An MBTA spokesman told The Ledger the furloughs would save MBTA about $2.5 million.

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