Archive for April 2013

Wakefield teen charged in assault on MBTA bus driver

Boston Herald | Colneth Smiley Jr. | Tuesday, April 9, 2013 A Wakefield teen was arrested this morning after MBTA Transit Police say he spat on and attacked an MBTA bus driver who refused to let the wannabe passenger ride for free at Oak Grove Station in Malden. MBTA Transit Police were called to the…

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Passenger scratches MBTA driver with cane in South End

BOSTON —A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus driver was allegedly injured Saturday night by a passenger. MBTA transit police said the incident happened at about 9:45 p.m. on a Silver Line bus in the South End between Washington and West Newton streets. The female driver was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment after officials…

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MBTA bus driver punched over fare

MBTA driver is recovering after a fight over a fare onboard an MBTA bus. It’s the latest in a series of attacks on T workers. MBTA officials said the man boarded at Dudley Station and didn’t want to pay his fare. They say that man punched the driver in the nose when the driver asked…

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Greater Boston Labor Council Recommends Endorsement of Nick Collins for State Senate

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Greater Boston Central Labor Council voted by a two-thirds super-majority to recommend the endorsement of Nick Collins for State Senator in the special election on April 30th. Collins, a current State Representative, is running for the open 1st Suffolk District seat formerly held by Jack Hart. After hearing presentations from all three…

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Man arrested for threatening MBTA operator

On March 23, 2013 at approximately 9:00 pm Transit Police officers from Area 3 responded to Ashmont MBTA station for a report of a trolley operator being assaulted. Upon arrival officers interviewed the victim/T employee who stated the following: while at Ashmont T station she was angrily approached by a male, later identified as James…

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Assaults on T workers on the rise

Boston Herald | April 10, 2013 | By Gary J. Remal and Richard Weir Assaults on MBTA employees are up dramatically this year, T cops say, after arresting a rider they say spat on and then slugged a bus driver in Malden’s Oak Grove Station in the kind of fare dispute that the T police…

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Reminder – Today’s Election Day!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Just a reminder that today, April 30th, is Election Day in Massachusetts. Polls will be open until 8:00pm. Click here if you are not sure where to vote. The Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 has endorsed former Iron Workers Local 7 President and current Congressman Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Primary.  Your vote…

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Let’s Go Win This!

Dear Labor Activist, Tonight’s Election Eve Rally will take place at Ironworkers Local 7 @ 7:00 p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. standout. See you there. Thank you all for everything you have done to this point. This race is now ours for the taking…The support is there, we need to make sure they vote!!! As…

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Mass. Labor Leaders: Make Workplaces Safer

By Michael Norton | State House News Service | 4/26/2013 Pausing on Beacon Street in Boston to remember 32 Massachusetts workers killed on the job during 2012, including fishermen, drivers and painters, labor officials Thursday said penalties for negligent employers are inadequate and urged a tighter focus by policymakers on occupational dangers. According to a report released…

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One Week To Go

Next Tuesday is election day for two of Local 589’s endorsed candidates: Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate Nick Collins for Mass. State Senate As they head into the final week of their campaigns, they need our help.  Below is schedule of activities for both candidates.  Please find some time to help out these two great candidates…

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