Archive for January 2016

What gives with T’s sweetheart deal?

Commonwealth Magazine | By Bruce Mohl | Jan 29, 2016 The Pioneer Institute released a report this week highlighting what it called a “sweetheart deal” for MBTA employees, but union officials are saying the deal isn’t as sweet as the analysis or the resulting news stories would suggest. Pioneer’s report, written by Mary Connaughton, focused…

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Somali man arrested for hitting MBTA bus driver

Boston Herald | By O’Ryan Johnson | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 A Somali immigrant was arrested yesterday for hitting an MBTA bus driver and records show transit cops have locked him up three times for violent assaults in less than three years, officials said. Mohamed Noor, 29, of Brookline was arrested after he boarded a…

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D’Alessandro: T tough to fix without more money

Former John Hancock CEO David D’Alessandro joined Jim Braude on “Greater Boston” last night to talk about a number of issues, including the T, which he explored in a review commissioned by then-Gov. Patrick in 2009. On fixing the T, D’Alessandro, whose outstanding analysis of the T was largely ignored, said: “It’s going to take…

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Cutting late-night T service could impact minority, low-income riders

Boston Globe | By Adam Vaccaro | 01.19.16 Eliminating late-night weekend T service might have a disproportionate effect on low-income and minority riders, a transit official said Tuesday. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is required by the federal law to run an “equity analysis” to see whether any planned service changes would have a greater impact…

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Requiem for a Union Boss in His America

The Daily Beast | By Mike Barnicle | 01.10.162:42 PM ET As we collectively wring our hands over wealth inequality in the U.S., perhaps we should look no further than our disembowelment of unions. It was nearly 9 PM the other night and more than a couple thousand people had already paid their respects at a…

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MBTA digs into worker overtime, absenteeism

By Nicole Dungca GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 09, 2016 More than 40 percent of overtime paid to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers in the 2015 fiscal year went to employees who didn’t work 40 hours in one week, according to MBTA officials. Such practices have led the T to launch audits into the agency’s overtime rules,…

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