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410 turnpike workers will receive $24 million in raises

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Some 410 turnpike toll workers set to lose their jobs in 2016 will get raises worth $24 million to sweeten their departure, under an agreement reached Friday night between their union and the state.

The toll workers, who will lose their jobs when the state moves to all-electronic tolling, will receive a 3 percent raise, retroactive to 2013, followed by raises of 2.5 percent this year and 2 percent next year.

The agreement caps two years of intense negotiations between union leaders and Patrick administration officials. It will also allow the workers to retire with higher pensions, adding $11 million in costs to the state’s pension system, officials said.

The pay sweeteners were needed, state officials said, to persuade the toll collectors’ union to agree to elimination of the jobs, and to help preserve labor peace for workers who know they will lose their jobs in two years.

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