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Archive for December 2013

MBTA Appeals Dec. 19th Judgement

Dear members, In a continuing effort to keep you updated on the court proceedings surrounding our arbitration award, we wanted to inform you that the MBTA has appealed the judgement made by Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders on Dec. 19th. Click here for a copy of the notice of appeal. Our attorneys advise us and…

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MBTA considering fare policy changes

GateHouse News Service | By Andy Metzger | Dec 29, 2013 Malden — Transit officials plan to consider changes to the price differential between a bus ride and a subway ride, limit cash transactions and potentially offer certain fares that correspond to a traveler’s ability to pay, according to MBTA Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Davis.…

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Somerville man sentenced to jail for harassing MBTA employee

Boston Globe | December 27, 2013 | By Brock Parker A Somerville man has been sentenced to jail after he pleaded guilty to harassment of an MBTA employee and violating an injunction prohibiting him from threatening any person because of his or her race. Joseph Balistreri, 39, pleaded guilty Friday in Suffolk Superior Court to…

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Eastie man kicked in bus window

Boston Herald | Sunday, December 22, 2013 | By Colneth Smiley Jr. An East Boston man who threw a tantrum because he couldn’t board a crowded MBTA bus at Maverick Square Station was arrested after kicking in a bus window and later kicking a transit officer in the leg, police said. Thomas Caruso, 55, is…

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Arbitration Award Confirmed

Dear brother and sisters, Judge Janet Sanders determined today that the arbitration award of Sarah Kerr Garraty was lawful, and is final and binding on the MBTA and Local 589 (the Carmen’s Union). The opinion is very thorough and carefully written. Although the Authority can appeal this decision, we are hopeful that they will not…

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Membership Alert: Today’s Court Proceedings

Dear brothers and sisters, As you know, we were back in court today regarding the arbitration award. Judge Troy, who was originally assigned our case, is retiring soon and asked Judge Sanders to take over. Thankfully, Judge Sanders had read every word of every pleading and understood the issues well. She had sharp questions for…

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Statement by The Boston Carmen’s Union ATU Local 589

The incident in Revere last night is under an on-going investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney, State Police, and MBTA Police. While the facts are still being determined it would be inappropriate for Local 589 to comment. The bus operator is emotionally distraught and unavailable for comment. Our Union’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of…

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Attention Membership: GIC Enrollment

Dear members, The MBTA informed the union today that, due to the delay in court proceedings, they will not be transferring our benefits to the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) effective January 1, 2014. This means all our current MBTA benefits will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to keep you updated on…

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All drivers must fill out an CDL Self-Certification Form

Dear members, Everyone who wishes to obtain or who currently holds a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) will need to inform the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) of the type of commerce they plan to operate within (interstate or intrastate) and whether or not they are required to hold a medical certificate. This notification is…

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