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Strike averted for MBTA’s North Shore Ride program

A threatened strike by union drivers for a North Shore vendor of the MBTA’s Ride program for disabled people was averted Sunday night when a new contract agreement was reached, according to the union.

Joe Benevento, president of Teamsters Local 42, said the union reached a tentative agreement on raises and pensions with Greater Lynn Senior Services after a marathon bargaining session on Sunday.

The union’s 280 drivers and clerical workers must now vote to ratify the pact.

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“I am confident that the members will accept the agreement,” Benevento said in a telephone interview Sunday night. “It is a fair agreement and we are happy with it.”

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Greater Lynn Senior Services is a private company that contracts with the MBTA for its Ride program, which provides door-to-door transportation for people who are disabled around greater Boston.

A representative of the company could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

Union drivers for Greater Lynn had been working on a contract extension since Dec. 31, when the last contract expired, Benevento said.

They had threatened to strike on Tuesday if a new agreement was not reached. On Sunday, the MBTA advised Ride customers of a possible disruption in service if the strike went forward.

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Benevento said the Lynn company does about 2,400 rides a day.

“We both knew what was at stake,” he said.

The agreement offers workers a contract that is comparable to that of workers for other Ride vendors, Benevento said, including wage increases and a defined pension plan.

“That’s a huge benefit for them,” he said.

Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.