Archive for September 2015

Labor is right to note that privatization won’t solve T’s woes

The following letter written by President James O’Brien to the editor of the Boston Globe appeared in today’s paper: LETTERS Labor is right to note that privatization won’t solve T’s woes September 28, 2015 In Joan Vennochi’s Sept. 13 column (“Labor leaders’ hot rhetoric has grown cold”), organized labor is criticized for attacking the Pioneer…

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Calling on the Koch-funded Pioneer Institute to Stop Their Lies

Thanks to the 100+ members who turned out for Wednesday’s rally outside the Koch-funded Pioneer Institute. Our message to them was simple, stop STOP YOUR LIES! Click here to view photos from the rally. The following is some of the press coverage our rally received: NECN – Video: MBTA Workers Hit the Streets to Protest…

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Five Reasons Why Transit Privatization Is Bad For Massachusetts

Privatization does not guarantee savings. Proponents of privatizing transit often make lofty claims about savings through private sector efficiencies. But frequently these claims couldn’t be farther from the truth. Public agencies are often more efficient because no profit margin gets siphoned off to shareholders. In Phoenix, Veolia demanded an additional $27.5 million on top of…

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Veteran driver wins 3rd straight MBTA bus roadeo

Congrats to our union brother, Tyrell Sullivan, and all our other union brothers and sisters who competed in this past Sunday’s annual bus roadeo. This was the 3rd consecutive win for Tyrell, who operates buses on the Route 73 between Harvard Square and Waverly Square. The all-time leader of the T’s competition is the legendary…

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Bus drivers will compete in a ‘bus roadeo’ this weekend

Boston Globe | By Adam Vaccaro | Sept. 17, 2015 It’s going to be a big weekend for MBTA bus driver Tyrell Sullivan. Sullivan, a Roslindale resident who drives the Route 73 bus between Harvard Square and Waverly Square in Belmont, is the reigning champion of the T’s annual bus roadeo. The 39th edition will…

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Why Wasn’t The Globe’s Joan Vennochi Fired A Long Time Ago?

One of our members passed along an article about the Boston Globe​’s Joan Vennochi​ (or as some like to call her―”Vennochi-O”) who was caught plagiarizing a WBUR article. Of course, Joan was never fired because she gets to play by different rules than everyone else. A more recent example of Vennochi-O “calling it in” was on…

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Golf Tournament Scores Big for 589 COPE

  Thank you to all our sponsors and players for making this year’s Boston Carmen’s Annual COPE Golf Tournament such a tremendous success. Although the overflow turnout of members and supporters were greeted with rain in the morning, the afternoon brought warm sunshine.  “It was truly a great day and we had a lot of fun while…

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Is The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi Too Lazy To Read Her Own Story Or Simply A Pawn For Privatization?

Last Friday, Boston Globe columnist, Joan Vennochi, wrote a column titled: “Labor’s hot rhetoric grows cool without facts.” Judging by the title of her column, the only one light on facts appears to be Joan Vennochi herself. In her column, Vennochi criticizes organized labor for attacking the Pioneer Institute. Pump the breaks right now and think about…

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Thank You!

Thank you to all our members, leaders of other unions and their members, and the various elected officials (e.g., State Sen. Pacheco, Cong. Keating, State Sen. Keenan, etc.) who attended our Labor Day rally to keep our public transportation system public. Many have estimated we had as many as 1,000 union members at the rally.…

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Are You Ready to Rally?

Today, the executive board was busy building signs and making final preparations for tomorrow’s Labor Day rally. Click here to see some more photos. We’re ready to rally, are you? Don’t forget, 7:00 a.m. tomorrow at Lincoln Square Park at the intersection of Park Plaza and Eliot Street, which is next to the Park Plaza Hotel. Click…

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