Archive for September 2019

New Members

Assistant Secretary Marcus Talyor and Barn Captain Scott Page welcomed 13 new brothers and sisters at Green Line Riverside to our union.  “The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation…

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59th Annual ATU International Convention

Local 589’s Delegates seen here with International ATU President John Costa at the 59th Annual ATU International Convention in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here to see a recap video on Facebook that was produced by our International ATU. #OneATU #UnionStrong

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Rail Rodeo

Congratulations to Green Line Motorman Joe Lynch on his first place win in today’s rail rodeo. Joe will be representing the MBTA and Local 589 at the international rail rodeo in San Francisco next summer. In addition to Joe, Rohan Surujbally and Brian McDonough came in second and third place. Great job by everyone who…

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Mass. House Overrides Gov. Baker’s Janus Bill Veto

State House News Service | Michael P. Norton | September 18, 2019 Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a union-backed collective bargaining dues bill was easily overturned Wednesday in the House, as all but one Republican lawmaker deserted the governor and joined Democrats in backing the so-called Janus bill. Baker’s override did not trigger any debate…

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Local 589 Responds to Red Line Derailment Report

In report released today, the MBTA cited a broken axle damaged by a ground ring as the cause of a June 11 Red Line derailment at the JFK/UMass stop. In response to the report, Local 589’s President Jimmy O’Brien issued the following statement that the MBTA should have invested more in personnel and testing before…

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Vault Agent Job at MBTA

There is a job opening for a vault agent at the MBTA that is affiliated with our union. For more information or to apply for this position, visit Please share with those who may be interested in applying for it.

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1919 Boston Police Strike

On September 9, 1919, more than 1,100 Boston Police officers went on strike for fair wages, decent working conditions and their right to organize. Boston’s policemen were paid less than most of the city’s skilled laborers, and had not had a raise in decades. Normal shifts ranged from ten to thirteen hours. Required to be…

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Unions are making a remarkable return

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist | Sep 2, 2019 By John Costa Once thought to be on their dying breath, unions in the United States are bouncing back, driven by immense public interest in combating income inequality and creating a better and fairer experience for current and future generations of Americans. As the international president of the…

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Happy Labor Day

We’d like to wish all our members and their families a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Special shout out to all those who have to work – thank you! While Labor Day is often celebrated as the end of summer and the beginning of school, it is also a good day to remember those…

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