Arbitration Award Confirmed

arbitrationDear brother and sisters,

Judge Janet Sanders determined today that the arbitration award of Sarah Kerr Garraty was lawful, and is final and binding on the MBTA and Local 589 (the Carmen’s Union).

The opinion is very thorough and carefully written. Although the Authority can appeal this decision, we are hopeful that they will not and that this will be the end. Click here to read the opinion.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Happy holidays,

Executive Board
Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589

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    • Pis$ed on December 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    If they appeal, which I hear they are; the union must go all out to destroy the image of the T, the GM and the governor. Today being one of the busiest days for the T let’s hope there are a lot of frustrated riders by slowing down the system.

    • killblitz on December 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    wow ,ya think the union would have asked the judge for damages if the company did not except the contract , or at best have the judge order a trustee to hold our retro pay in a secure account to be dispersed after 60 days if not challenged by the company. sloppy work by our atty. as we wait keep in mind the t will stall till a least till the summer rating, or better ! they should be brought in in 60 days and have double indemnity put on them but our atty will not due this be sure and nothing from the Carmen on a game play

    • Lolo1972 on December 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm


    • Mbtadriver on December 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

    This is our money, it’s what we work hard for everyday …. It should have already been giving to us. The Mbta will wait until the last day and min. So don’t spend yet……

    • Al on December 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

    By not signing the contract , I’n which 10.4 percent is actually not a lot to us considering the GIC, we’re not breaking even , it shows how much the T values us , we provide a front line service to the public , that’s sometimes stressful on our health and families , they claim we make too much anyway. They’re no better than the general public in the way they treat us. Happy new year brothers and sisters be safe

    • J on December 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That was 25 million that was lost in a bad investment ,AG is investigating

    • JD on December 22, 2013 at 10:08 am


    New York and Massachusetts have statutory schemes that require mass transit labor arbitrators to consider certain statutory factors. See N.Y. Civ. Serv. Law § 209(5)(d) (requiring labor arbitration panels considering disputes involving the New York City Transit Authority to consider six different factors, including “the interest and welfare of the public”); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 161A, § 31 (requiring arbitrators considering disputes involving the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to rely on nine different factors, including “the financial ability of the individual communities and the commonwealth to meet additional costs”).

    • david galligani on December 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Saw on the news Friday that $250 milion dollars is missing from the pension fund. Haven’t heard any more. Supposed to have been in the Globe paper. It would be nice if some explanation is giving for this. It is our money and investment and future of the pension and how we handle funds and safe guard them.

    • Sir Allen White on December 21, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I remember when politians loved unions. Their money support etc.
    Now we’re just a passing thought. We should all learn from this I know I have. The MBTA is always fighting with 589 over contracts etc. Hopefully
    this fight is coming to a slow END ! You know we preform are services at a high level,always have. No one out there can argue that point. Don’t let this effect your Holidays.

    Happy Holiday Season to All

    • Dave on December 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

    If I were you guy’s don’t go spending any money you don’t have and at the end of the day our job is better than most.Enjoy the holidays my brothers and sisters.

    • chris on December 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I sincerely believe the T, will not appeal, however they may issue the retro payment b4 the end of this current year so they can claim it in their business tax for their liabilities and expenses. So don’t be surprised if we recieve the retro sooner, oppose to later. The confirmation was carefully crafted and addressed every arising issue the T attempted to make, so therefore there is more issues that they have to argue. Also there are more negotiation talks with other unions within the T, so it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the T to keep attempting to undermine each judge that rules against them and by doing that it could be benificial for us in future contract talks.

    • Jaguar on December 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I want my money right now, even if it’s 100 dollars. I’m not going to slave for the MBTA. Those days are over. Our money or we strike period.

    • Jaguar on December 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I want my money right now, even if it’s 100 dollars. I’m going to slave for the MBTA. Those days are over. Our money or we strike period.

    • Eric on December 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    So basically we have to wait another 6-8 months, I don’t understand why do they allow the MBTA all these appeals? This is ridiculous, I want my money

  1. maybe now 589 will stop endorsing Democrats they seem to not think very highly of unions or working people. Gov Patrick has done nothing to help our union.But he wants transportation workers to go to their jobs every day.

    • tankboy on December 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    then the gov must know it will cost the mbta $1 ,400.000 a month if we don’t go into the GIC until we are givin the FULL award. the longer he waits the more monies we get and the tax payers lose

    • JD on December 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    More delays……………………………………….

    • j cat on December 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    the judge was asked by the MBTA if it could enforce only a portion of the award with GIC health care being forced on us . she said you the MBTA must decide how to proceed .

    If the MBTA only agrees to the part it likes then guess what, it is now , by its actions agreeing to the arbitration in whole.

    that would mean the union could sue the MBTA for damages. also the feds Labor dept. could stop all monies to support the MBTA with grant funding .

    the governor will appeal this . this he will do very quickly and not wait 30 days like the last time . I would not get any big spending ideas yet .

    if this is signed I will be very surprised given the MBTA position it has on this forced arbitration award .

    If I were the governor I would fire those MBTA attorneys.

    • Pis$ed on December 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Well according to that, the MBTA can put us into the GIC whenever they want. So, financially it would be irresponsible for the T to appeal again.

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