Archive for January 2014

Boston ranks 3rd in national survey of best cities for public transportation

Daily Free Press | Published Jan 30, 2014 | By Sarah Capungan Boston was ranked number three in Walk Score’s “Best U.S. Cities for Public Transportation” report, released Tuesday. Transit scores were given on a 100-point scale and determined by the average resident’s ability to access public transportation. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority received a transit score of…

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Update to the Contract Arbitration/Court Case

Good Morning 589 Members: We wanted to provide you with an update to the Contract Arbitration/Court Case. We had a meeting this morning with General Manager Scott, General Counsel Scott Reed, the Director of Labor Relations Kim Poirier, the COO Sean McCarthy, and Deputy Secretary Perez. As a result of that meeting, we have been…

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The Bigger Dig

Boston Globe | By Doug Most | January 26, 2014 Adapted from The Race Underground by Doug Most. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press LLC. THE WORKERS WORE baggy pants, suspenders, long-sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up their forearms, and hats to protect their hair and…

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MBTA Employee Assaulted With a Cane

By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | January 24, 2014 An MBTA rider who apparently didn’t want to pay his fare started swinging his cane at two MBTA employees and a bystander, after one of the employees tried to shuffle him out of a Green Line station on Friday afternoon, according to T officials and…

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Roxbury driver dies after hitting MBTA bus in Randolph

Boston Globe | By Nicholas Jacques | January 26, 2014 A 24-year-old Roxbury man died Sunday after crashing his vehicle into the back of a stopped MBTA bus in Randolph, MBTA Transit Police said. Nine passengers aboard the bus were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, the T said in a statement. According to officials, the…

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Court Case Update

Dear members, Please forgive the lack of information for the past few weeks in regards to our contract arbitration. Until we had clear and concrete information, we felt it was not in our best interest or yours to post inconsistent or unconfirmed facts. Although we have employed patience and a commitment to resolve this issue…

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President Hanley Testifies Before Congress

Citing exploding urban populations, worsening traffic jams, young people forgoing cars and stressed public transit systems, Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, called on the House Transportation Committee to set forth a major urban transportation agenda at the first hearing on the reauthorization of the transportation funding bill. Speaking on behalf of…

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Tax Information for 2013

2013 Union Dues $832.00 Health Insurance Cost All deductions for your Health Insurance in 2013 were PRE-TAXED.  Therefore they may not be deducted on your personal taxes.  If you should need your Health Insurance deductions, they would appear on your last Payroll stub of 2013. Fraternally, John A. Clancy Recording Secretary ATU Local 589

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