Let’s Make Sure the GIC Hears Us!

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Archive for January 2018

Stay Safe Out There!

We ask all our members who are working today to be safe and stay warm. Thank you for all you do to keep the MBTA and Massachusetts moving during inclement weather like this. Click here to see photos from the day.

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Happy 2018!

Wishing all our riders, members and their families a happy and healthy 2018! Special shout out to our members who are working this New Years Eve. Thank you for your service and be safe out there. #MBTA #RidersFirst

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Local 589 Special Meeting on 1/21

A special meeting of the membership will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Boston Teachers Union Hall, 180 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA. The purpose of the special meeting will be to advise and inform the members of a possible ratification agreement over the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)…

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GIC Changes Public Employees’ Health Insurance Plan

Dear brothers and sisters, As you may have read in the newspaper or on social media, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan and Fallon Health, have been dropped by the state Group Insurance Commission (GIC). If you had your health insurance through these companies you will need to choose new insurance coverage by July 1. Your options, for…

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GIC Reconsiders Vote, But We Need to Keep the Pressure On

At last week’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) hearing, President O’Brien and the executive board vocalized the concerns of the membership and criticized the GIC for dropping Tufts Health Plan, Fallon, and Harvard Pilgrim from their list of insurance carriers. Thanks to all those who responded to our requests to reach out to the GIC, Governor’s office, and…

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President O’Brien’s Testimony at GIC Hearing (1/25/18)

My name is James O’Brien, I am the President of the Boston Carmen’s Union, representing over 4,100 hardworking members of the MBTA who drive and maintain the MBTA’s buses, trolleys and tracks. Chances are, a lot of the people in this room got here today thanks to our members. I also stand here on behalf…

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Let’s Make Sure the GIC Hears Us!

Dear brothers and sisters, The backlash against the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) and its decision to reduce the number of health plans offered to state workers and retirees has been steadily growing, with more key lawmakers and the Attorney General speaking up Tuesday against the move. However, we need to keep up the pressure on the GIC and…

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