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Archive for May 2015

Critics fault key findings in Baker panel MBTA report

Boston Globe | By David Scharfenberg and Nicole Dungca | May 19, 2015 When Governor Charlie Baker announced his plan to overhaul the beleaguered MBTA, he repeatedly cited a critical report by his own T review panel. But a closer look at the document suggests some of the panel’s signature findings are not as clear-cut…

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2015 Scholarship Winners!

Dear brothers and sisters, A scholarship ceremony was held today (Sunday, May 17) at IBEW, Local 103 for Local 589’s scholarship winners for 2015. The executive board would like to offer our congratulations on the dedication and hard work that all the scholarship winners exhibited throughout their high school years and wish them the very…

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Senate leaders reject Baker’s plan to shake up MBTA

Boston Globe | By David Scharfenberg and Nicole Dungca | May 12, 2015 Senate leaders are rejecting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to shake up the beleaguered Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, mounting a significant challenge to the administration’s top legislative priority. The leadership, which plans to roll out its own, more modest T legislation Tuesday, is…

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Thank you for attending today’s transportation hearing!

Thank you to all Local 589 members―active and retired―as well as members from other unions for showing up at today’s rally, knocking on legislators’ doors, and attending the transportation hearing. For those who were not able to attend, here are some articles written about the hearing: WBUR: Baker Urges Lawmakers To Approve MBTA Overhaul MassLive:…

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Showdown looms on MBTA overhaul

Boston Globe | By Nicole Dungca | May 10, 2015 Forget Pacquiao-Mayweather. The real “fight of the century” may be the debate over Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed legislation that would overhaul the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. OK, so that may be an overstatement. But close watchers of Massachusetts politics can still expect a lively debate at…

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State House Rally This Monday (5/11)

Join Local 589’s executive board, members, and retirees―as well as other MBTA unions―for a rally this Monday (5/11) at 11:00 AM on the steps across the street from the Massachusetts State House (corner of Beacon and Park Street). After the rally, we ask that you visit with your state senator and state representative and urge…

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MBTA union wants to repair image

Boston Globe | By Joan Vennochi | May 3, 2015 THEY OPPOSE any changes to a state law that makes it hard for the MBTA to do business with private vendors. They agree employee absenteeism is a problem — just not as big a problem as a recent report made it sound. Other than that,…

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Why The Globe Is Wrong About MBTA Reform

WGBH | Jim Aloisi | May 19, 2015 Monday, May 18 was one of those days when I thanked God for small favors. I read The Boston Globe’s editorial on the proposed MBTA “reforms” later in the day, thus avoiding having it spoil my breakfast and lunch. As I normally precede dinner with a libation,…

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