Court Case Update

court-decision1Dear members,

Please forgive the lack of information for the past few weeks in regards to our contract arbitration. Until we had clear and concrete information, we felt it was not in our best interest or yours to post inconsistent or unconfirmed facts.

Although we have employed patience and a commitment to resolve this issue with the MBTA and their representatives, our good-faith efforts have only been met with false promises and half-truths. We were given assurances by the parties involved that they were committed to putting to rest this fool’s errand of an appeal and move onto the next contract. None of these assurances have been realized.

Make no mistake; we understand and share your frustration with this whole situation. We recognize your desire to exercise your rights as union members to make your feelings and voices heard. We do not disagree, but we must all be careful of the choices we make and actions we take. Kneejerk reactions to highly charged matters can sometimes lead to bad choices and negative repercussions, which can have long lasting effects. This does not mean, however, that we are going to sit idly by while our collective bargaining rights are challenged and attacked.

Today, we met with the MBTA’s General Manager, the General Counsel, the Director of Labor Relations, and the Assistant Secretary of Transportation to discuss the Garraty Award. It appears that the MBTA is trying to strong arm us and leverage this current award to help facilitate a resolution to the next contract. Our answer to them was a clear and resounding NO! We will not allow you to hold this award hostage to settle any outstanding issues or impending contract matters!

Our counsel as well as the entire executive board was informed about today’s meeting. We have another meeting with the MBTA on Monday, which they requested. They informed us that they were going to speak to the secretary and the governor regarding today’s meeting and let them know of our refusal to bend or comply with their request for a partial award implementation. It is our hope that they will see this executive board and our Union as a strong determined group who will not be bullied or goaded into a deal that is not in the best interests of our members. Furthermore, we hope they will finally adhere to and comply with the court order and implement the Garraty Award.

Over the next few days, we ask for your patience and indulgence. We understand that is a lot to ask since you have already been waiting too long for something that is rightfully yours. Rest assured that we will exhaust all options available to us to bring this matter to an end. We will also explore avenues not yet taken in response to the MBTA, the General Manager, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Governor’s callous disregard for the collective bargaining process and those hard-earned benefits and economics we were granted under the arbitrator’s decision. We hope that all our members – old and new – will rally behind those decisions and join us in solidarity when that time comes.

In Solidarity

Executive Board
Boston Carmen’s Union

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    • Brian Mercer on November 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a former bus driver who lost in arbitration just trying to find the rules and regulations as I was note about notified by John Keller over the phone that I lost it still bugs me to this day can anybody give me tips on where the resources that I can find my decision as I’ve already called 589 and they refuse to answer my phone calls

    • Uthergental on January 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    To Jason Scales

    • Uthergental on January 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    It flies in the face of the workers that the MBTA executives are crying POOR mouth when they are all driving around in brand new SUV’s and gas up at the expense of taxpayers.
    When was the last time that the MBTA ever agreed to a contract at first glance? no wonder the courts are tired of them. Even the political hackery which goes on will not win out in the end.
    Putting a letter out to the membership saying, “this is not about the workers, and we want to thank them for their hard work” is just such B.S. I regurgitate!
    Tell our council to get this into the appellate court or better yet the State Supreme Court and end this.

    • tk on January 26, 2014 at 10:45 am


    • Jason Scales on January 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I think everyone knows we are going to get what’s ours. That it’s more a matter of when & not if. What most people’s gripe is is the way the T is dragging it out. It’s disrespectful to us. That’s why I say slow it down on Tuesday if they stall again. The public hate us regardless. If we slowdown by the book, so what? If the public complain, tell them we are just practicing safety. It’s true. It’s all well within the rule book. We need to stick together on this, don’t shit on each other here in the comment section. We all want to same thing, OURS. We all know we’ll get it. Just stop toying with us for whatever reasons, and respect us as workers, employees & persons. Do right by us.

    • TankBoy on January 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    J cat who the Fk u calling an Idiot, I think your fking Buddies at the Eboard are Scared and you don’t want to hurt there fealings UNLESS your an E Board member the way your tone of voice is! I/we know we won the Award and its coming later rather than sooner. so Don’t “JUDGE” these “people here”. Brotha

    • j cat on January 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    some of these members posting here are idiots. don’t you people understand we won . there is no loss of raises or retro to be given. the award is legal and binding . future courts/judges will not change this.

    All that is going to happen is , this is a stall tactic by the governor. calm down and within the year we will get all that is owed.

    If we strike or screw up service the public will have our heads. the public will demand that we all get replaced with scab workers .

    • TankBoy on January 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Its Moving forward and if the same old BS happens Monday a few of us in 589 membership will be going another direction with or without your blessings .

    • paul on January 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Just strike don’t do any extra just 40hrs.

    • Tankboy on January 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    “We are not your subjects but are citizens of the United States of America; a country governed not by
    men but by law! As such, we strongly recommend that you reconsider your desperate attempts at
    oppression. Our fat
    hers before us died to preserve the
    rights that you seemingly believe to be
    nuisance. T
    he Empirical Crown
    on your head is as the Emperor’s New Clothes; a work of fiction
    that demonstrates the
    nature of your foolish heart. W
    e will not bend to your will simply because you
    abuse your
    elected position. WE DO NOT FEAR YOU. YOU WILL NOT selectively enforce laws or subvert
    your own ordinance because you disagree with what a citizen of the United States of America has to say.
    We will be heard.
    We are not your slaves. We are not your subje
    cts. You are not king. I fought for this
    and I will
    not see it fall to
    tyrants such as you”

    • Trained Monkey on January 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    It always amazes me what kind of people get hired to work here. Can anybody speak clearly and intelligently? This is not the forum to use vulgarity for any person who looks at this website to see. Some of these responses make absolutely no sense. I’m glad the people that write responses on here are not in the negotiating room. Or are they? We still have better jobs and insurance than most people, so I will reserve judgement until after a deal gets done. The only people who want to bring up strikes and slowdowns are the people who spent their retro before they got it. The legal recourse that 589 is employing is the right way to handle this.

    • Johnboy Walton on January 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I am appalled that the MBTA had hire someone from Atlanta (like we don’t have somebody intelligent enough in Massachusetts The education Capitol of the USA and probably the world) with a resume that literally stinks and smells of union busting and then give them a FIFTY PERCENT raise over there predessasor and tells the working people that are out there running the operation day and night and holidays that they aren’t entitled to a ten percent raise over FOUR YEARS. Does this sound like dictatorship or what? This is America and if we stand together in solidarity we will PREVAIL!. Also let’s have faith in our union uf finials and lets stand behind them while we stick this thing out.Remember UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL……

    • William on January 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I just e-mail congress man Lynch and Sentor Warren inform them of this problem with the MBTA if everyone can do this it may help we support them now we need them to support us.

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