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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.


    “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.


    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