A number of media outlets have been reporting on a recent audit of the MBTA money room. Please see the full statement from Boston Carmen’s Union President, Jimmy O’Brien, that has been provided to media outlets in response to the audit and statements made by MBTA management —
“The recent reports and audits commissioned by MBTA leadership continue to show that insufficient oversight, a complete lack of investment, and inefficient management practices have led to the problems facing the MBTA, not the hardworking men and women who keep the system running. Transit workers are being unfairly blamed for management’s failures. The fact that MBTA leadership remains committed to moving forward with outsourcing without first addressing these problems is proof that they will seek privatization at any cost.
It’s disappointing that MBTA management is attempting to disparage money room workers so they can embolden an effort to privatize the operation. Money room workers — like all transit workers — have contractual provisions that allow for disciplinary action when appropriate. It is expected that management would take disciplinary action if needed, rather than using allegations to support attempts to outsource jobs.
Transit workers have demonstrated a commitment to the MBTA and a willingness to be part of the solution. Last week, transit workers from the Boston Carmen’s Union presented a cost savings plan to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board in an effort to work with MBTA leadership because workers believe that the MBTA – and our riders – are best served when we work together. It’s disheartening that management does not seem willing to work with us. It’s clear that investments in the system are needed, and that investments into the current workforce will ultimately be more beneficial to the MBTA – both in terms of cost efficiency and overall improvement of the system.”
— James O’Brien, President, Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589