What the Heck Is Wrong With Boston’s MBTA?

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Sullivan: Put T trolley on track for tourism

Boston Herald | Jim Sullivan | Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Tim Murphy loves his job. Tim drives the Mattapan-
Ashmont trolley, the extension of the Red Line that takes over where the subway ends. The trolleys are the only vehicles in the MBTA fleet not equipped to make recorded announcements, so Tim does the job as…

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We need you at the State House tomorrow

Brothers and Sisters, We need you now more than ever to come to tomorrow’s (10/20) rally at the State House. The pressure on Gov. Baker and MBTA leadership is mounting. Just today, the Boston Herald has a story out that the MBTA is quietly spending $1 million on privatization, hiring management consultants to find new ways…

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MBTA pays $1M for advice on privatization savings

Boston Herald | Matt Stout | Tuesday, October 18, 2016 The MBTA is quietly paying nearly $1 million to a consultant to “assess the options” for outsourcing jobs and services throughout the cash-strapped transit agency, the Herald has learned — further fanning the flames in a public feud between Gov. Charlie Baker and unions intent…

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Union: T overstates privatization savings

Commonwealth Magazine | By Bruce Mohl | Oct 17, 2016 THE UNION REPRESENTING EMPLOYEES in the MBTA’s cash collection and counting operation said on Monday that privatization of the work will yield savings of $330,000 in the first year, not the $5.4 million claimed by T officials. Patrick Hogan of the Boston Carmen’s Union told…

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Union Officials And Elected Democrats Rally Against MBTA Privatization

State House News Service | By Andy Metzger | October 12, 2016   Filling the air outside Faneuil Hall on Wednesday with charged rhetoric about corporations profiting off government work, union officials and elected Democrats railed against privatization at the MBTA without charting a clear course for stopping those moves anytime soon. “I’m not happy with…

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We’re Not Backing Down From This Fight!

Brothers and Sisters, Seven members of the Executive Board were arrested this morning as they blocked the Money Room trucks from trying to leave. President Jimmy O’Brien; Assistant Secretary Joe Cerbone; Allen Lee, Delegate, Division 1; Larry Kelly, Delegate, RTL/AFC; Patrick Hogan, Delegate, Division 3; Mike Keller, Delegate, Equipment Maintenance; and John Hunt, Delegate, Engineering…

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Media Coverage: Local 589 Fights Moves to Privatize Money Room

Below is some recent media coverage as Local 589 fights against the MBTA’s move to privatize the money room.   Union promises fight as MBTA moves to privatize cash-counting jobs Boston Globe | By Nicole Dungca | October 5, 2016 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is poised to privatize dozens of jobs in its cash-counting…

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Lang: Keolis was on verge of walking away

Commonwealth Magazine | By Bruce Mohl | Nov 10, 2016 A MEMBER OF THE MBTA’S oversight board said the transit agency’s commuter rail operator was on the verge of walking away from its $2.68 billion contract earlier this year when state officials agreed to pay the company at least $66 million extra over the course…

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What the Heck Is Wrong With Boston’s MBTA?

Street Blogs USA | By Angie Schmitt | Friday, November 4, 2016 Last week, the engine on one of Boston’s Orange Line trains overheated and ignited some trash, filling traincars with smoke. Passengers broke windows to escape. Three people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. The scare focused attention on long-standing maintenance problems for the T: It’s underfunded, upkeep is falling behind, and the quality of…

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