Metro’s board of directors plans to meet in executive session Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss a federal judge’s recent decision in a wage dispute with the union that represents most Metro employees.

Last week, a judge decided in favor of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, upholding an arbitrator’s decision awarding employees 3 percent raises for each of the last three years.

In November 2009, an arbitration board ruled on some issues for the union, but Metro appealed the decision. The case went before U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte.

Messitte concurred with the arbitration panel, and Metro has until Aug. 21 to appeal his decision.  

The transit authority says it has set aside $96 million to pay for the wage increase.