MBTA union pushing back against privatization proposal

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Press coverage of our proposal

Yesterday, Local 589’s chief negotiator and economist, Tom Roth, and President Jimmy O’Brien, presented an offer to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that would extend our contract for two years and save the MBTA $24 million. Below is some of the press coverage our proposal is receiving. MBTA union may agree to wage cuts for…

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Our Proposal to the MBTA

We’re writing today to tell you about our ongoing efforts to advocate on your behalf and protect transit jobs from privatization. A few months ago, the executive board agreed to look for ways to reach a deal with MBTA leadership to lengthen our contract and prevent the outsourcing of Boston Carmen’s Union work.   Today,…

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MBTA Bus Driver Praised For Random Act Of Kindness

CBS Boston | June 17, 2016 10:08 AM BOSTON – “It’s the little things that can really brighten up someone’s life especially in hard moments.” That was a Cambridge man’s reaction after having a conversation with a remarkable MBTA bus driver Thursday afternoon. Samuel Gebru was taking the 64 bus home when he started talking…

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Carmen’s Union Opposes Outsourcing of Warehouse Logistics Jobs

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board met again to explore more ways to privatize parts of the MBTA. Today’s meeting focused on warehouse logistics. President Jimmy O’Brien as well as several members of Local 589 questioned the savings privatization would bring as well as why it was being privatized at all since the problems…

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Local 589 Testifies Against Efforts to Privatize Money Room

Yesterday, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board met to discuss privatizing the money room. President Jimmy O’Brien as well as several members of Local 589 spoke passionately against the measure citing, among others, security, safety, accountability, and quality. Below are some of the articles written about the meeting as well as some excerpts from…

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MBTA workers urge board not to outsource their jobs

By State House News Service | June 6, 2016 About a half dozen people tasked with cash-handling duties within the MBTA urged the transit agency’s overseers on Monday not to outsource the agency’s money room operations. Looking at an overhaul of the MBTA’s fare collection systems, agency officials have considered employing a private vendor that could take…

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MBTA union pushing back against privatization proposal

Associated Press, June 4, 2016 BOSTON (AP) — A union representing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers is pushing back against plans to privatize fare collection services. Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589 President James O’Brien says privatization doesn’t equal improved service or reduced costs. Click here to read more….

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