April 27, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA – All 11 members of the state’s congressional delegation have asked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to work out a deal with Machinists Local 264 rather than insist on outsourcing dozens of jobs.
In an April 17 letter to Governor Charlie Baker and state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, the legislators said they normally “do not attempt to insert ourselves” into collective bargaining, but noted that the MBTA had reached a deal with the Boston Carmen’s Union in which the union gave up wage hikes in exchange for preserving many of its jobs. Baker has made outsourcing a priority for the MBTA, and the authority’s oversight board approved a budget Apr. 13 that could privatize four of its nine bus garages. “We hope Governor Baker and Transportation Secretary Pollack take the appropriate action against the failed policy of privatizing our public-transit services,” Mike Vartabedian, a Local 264 business representative, told the Boston Globe Apr. 19. An MBTA spokesperson said the authority “continues to negotiate in good faith.” Read more