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D.C. Transit Sues Union Over Retiree Health-Care Arbitration

Feb. 12, 2021, 3:52 PM

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority wants a D.C. federal court to confirm a labor arbitration award on retiree health-care cost-sharing, saying its largest union is trying to change the terms through a second arbitration.

Amalgamated Transit Union, AFL-CIO, Local 689 represents 9,000 WMATA employees, according to the transit authority’s complaint filed Thursday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. WMATA and the union entered into arbitration to settle stalled labor contract negotiations, resulting in the 2018 Bloch Award.

The award set a new retiree health-care cost-sharing arrangement. It requires Medicare-eligible retirees to contribute “20 percent of...

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