Archive for February 2014

Mass. AFL-CIO’s State of the Union Conference

The Executive Board of the Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 participated in the Massachusetts AFL-CIO’s State of the Union Conference. Speakers included U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, a member of the U.S. House Transportation Committee; U.S. Congressman John Tierney; U.S. Senator Ed Markey; and State Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Tom McGee.

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EDITORIAL: End the secrecy about MBTA Retirement Fund

Boston Globe | EDITORIAL | FEBRUARY 20, 2014 ONE BIG mystery about the MBTA Retirement Fund is whether the union representatives on its board are trying to hide information just from the general public — or from their own members as well. Last month the board voted against disclosing information pertaining to the fund’s $25…

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Dorchester man faces charges in attack on bus driver

By Catalina Gaitan | Boston Globe | February 18, 2014 A Dorchester man is facing arraignment today in Dorchester Municipal Court after he allegedly assaulted an MBTA bus driver Saturday morning. Joel Casanova, 34, is facing charges of interfering with public transportation and assault and battery on a public employee. MBTA Transit Police responded to…

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T begins installing bus security cameras

By Martine Powers | Boston Globe | February 11, 2014 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has begun to install more than 200 high-definition, 4G LTE-enabled security cameras on buses throughout the transit system — one of the initial stages of a process to bring video surveillance to the entire bus and subway fleet. The high-tech…

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Training Held for Barn Captains at Florian Hall

Barn Captains elected from across the MBTA attended a day-long training workshop on February 10th at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Every Barn Captain was in attendance as speakers, including 589 Attorney Paul Hynes and The Labor Bureau’s Doug Taylor, made presentations on the legal and contractual responsibilities of Barn Captains. As the frontline representatives of…

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Quincy parents say MBTA employees saved son’s life

Boston Globe | February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Bartlett A 24-year-old Quincy resident has MBTA employees to thank after he fell down the stairs at Wollaston Red Line station and had to be given CPR. According to a press release, Kevin Bossart collapsed in late January at the Red Line stop while on his…

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