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Archive for February 2016

MBTA Union Lashes Out At Outsourcing Plan

State House News Service | By Andy Metzger | Feb. 10, 2016 BOSTON – The MBTA’s plans for a dramatic reduction in its business-side workforce through outsourcing of cash handling and fare gates generated a forceful rebuttal from transit unions at a Wednesday meeting. “A big part of this is to improve performance,” Chief Administrator Brian…

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MBTA to consider privatizing services involving 250 jobs

Boston Globe | By Nicole Dungca | Feb. 10, 2016 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials on Wednesday will take up a plan backed by Governor Charlie Baker to privatize departments that maintain fare machines, count cash fares, and run marketing and retail operations, a step that could eliminate about 250 jobs in all, according to…

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Union Meeting: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dear members,   The regular meeting of the membership will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Boston Teachers Union Hall, 180 Mount Vernon St., Dorchester, MA (behind the State Police Station near Columbia Rd. and Morrissey Blvd.) accessible by the Red Line.   The regular order of business will be transacted.  …

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Local 589 Members Assist Residents Displaced By Fire

Today, a fire broke out in East Boston near Putnam and Bennington streets after electric equipment failed, causing about 200 customers to lose power. An MBTA bus was dispatched to the scene to assist the displaced residents, many of which were children. The executive board would like to thank the following Local 589 members for…

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Special Election for Endorsed Candidates

Dear members: Local 589 has endorsed the following state senate candidates for two separate special elections in April: Endorsed Candidate: Patrick O’Connor Date of Election: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 District: Plymouth and Norfolk District, which include the following towns: Weymouth, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Norwell, Hull, and Scituate. Endorsed Candidate: Jay Livingstone Date of Election:…

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Man Spits on T Bus Operator

On Monday, February 15, 2016, at approximately 5:50 PM, the subject depicted within spat on an MBTA Bus Operator near Central Square in Lynn. The incident occurred onboard an MBTA Bus # 871, Route  # 442. If you know the whereabouts or identity of this individual please contact our Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. If you…

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