MBTA, Carmen’s Union agree to contract running through June 2021

State House News Service | Monday, December 19, 2016

The MBTA and its largest union have come to terms on a new contract, one that T officials say will save the system an annual average of $22 million over the next decade, and that the union chief said will protect his members’ jobs and will improve their quality of life.

While the T and the Carmen’s Union Local 589 have clashed this year over privatization efforts, the revised and extended contract eliminates the possibility of the T outsourcing the work of driving buses or operating trains on the T’s current system, both sides said.

Carmen’s Union members currently operate 2.4 million revenue hours of T service each year, and the new contract guarantees that union members will continue to operate 2.4 million revenue hours on the T. The union, though, will forgo a planned 2.5 percent pay raise next year and will instead see wages held flat in fiscal year 2018.

“We knew that we wanted to be part of the solution. We said that from the beginning,” said Jame O’Brien, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589. “We’re glad that we were able to negotiate out of this privatization. It actually shows that through negotiations, instead of privatization, you can garner the same savings, if not more savings than you would have.”

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    • Lydia on December 30, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I dont think complainers is correct,more like reality.The reality is that the Pacheco Law is gone forever, the reality is that members have lost an awful lot and will lose more.This is a reality that opens the door wide for the Control Board to wipe out what they intend to do..Its not edged in stone about saving jobs..The Chinese Company building the MBTA’s new line of trains will be maintaining them as well.The Pension is another story that will come to an end soon.So sorry but thats just the reality

    • T. R. on December 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Nobody sold anyone out this is just the reality of the situation, our leadership and Tom Roth our lawyer for over 40 years who is regarded as the best in the business by many other transit unions also made a recommendation. In the mid 90’s against weld we had Kennedy,Moakley, bulger and finneran and a democratic Clinton White House .We don’t have that anymore and now unlike then there are more private companies that will do our work for less without defined pension just a 401 k they will show up more than we do complain less and do as good a job or better.Some people say we should march up to the statehouse and give them he’ll remember 1981 and 581 last time we did that remember Wisconsin and other states who’s public sector unions were deystroyed they can’t even collective bargain anymore , we are not ups vs the teamsters the governor and legislators can make laws that help us like pacheaco and they can really hurt us because we are state employees.I don’t like everything about this deal but it was necessary to save hundreds of jobs and hundreds of less people paying into our pension. We need to get rid of baker and get Pacheco back .

    • Patrick on December 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Why can’t copies of the original full content plus any changes to date be posted for members to download? This is 2016, ya know?

    • Dave Galligani on December 21, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I assume all the complainers didn’t attend the meeting. To bad. The members there approved the new contract. I feel the executive board did a good job and showed the Union does care about jobs and the public. I’m retired for 20 years and glad this was decided. Good job

    • Dave G on December 21, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I see all the complaining but the at the meeting the members accepted the new contract. I guess as usual the complainers didn’t attend the meeting. So why complain. Sometimes things have to change to protect the majority. I’m retired and have no say and from what I see we will keep what we have now which is better than loosing more. Thanks to the board for their work and saving jobs.

    • Shay on December 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    We just lost our pickers and our right to pick a schedule to try and fit our life, onto prepackaged roster picking! Did you get your packets in the mail about the “private” company that is going to handle our sick calls now…opening the door for them to chip away at our train starters jobs and duties now! Is this really a victory…who won?

    • Lydia on December 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    A union that sells its members out,no other union would ever do what this union is doing to its members..At least other unions across the country have stepped up for their members and did what this union wont do,and they not only saved their jobs,they got their members what they deserve,like affordable health care,an increase in wages not a decrease,job security, and most importantly they didnt back down and sell their members out.

    • Bob on December 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    At least we are going to have jobs and thats the bottom line.

    Thank you

  1. Hi, copies of the contract were shared at yesterday’s union meeting at the BTU. If you were unable to attend, please contact the union hall and we will send you a copy. Thanks, Local 589 Webmaster

  2. Hi, copies of the contract were shared at yesterday’s union meeting at the BTU. If you were unable to attend, please contact the union hall and we will send you a copy. Thanks, Local 589 Webmaster

    • union member on December 19, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Please post contract in PDF file…
    We need to know the details

    • Dave on December 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Nobody likes change I think the Uni did the best thing for members Congratulations to the board

    • jcmbta on December 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    post on here the contract. this is the way to handle this . I have always never liked going to a meeting about a contract with no contract details in hand before the voting/meeting about these legal agreements.

    aZZ backwards ..

  3. Hi Louis, copies of the contract were shared at yesterday’s union meeting at the BTU. If you were unable to attend, please contact the union hall and we will send you a copy. Thanks, Local 589 Webmaster

    • Louis on December 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Why not try and post the actual contract for members to see who worked Sunday morning or is as bad as the members say it is?

    • lydia on December 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great Job bowing down to the almighty control board..Why dont you just give them everything and leave your members and retirees nothing,since thats the direction the union is heading..The employees have lost enough,health insurance increases,union dues increase ,as well as numerous things union members have been stripped of..With all this to save money on paper ,the employees and retirees suffer the most and never actually see a so called raise due to increases in everything else. Why doesn’t the Union take a paycut for the members??? The Union shouldn’t make a six figure salary for giving up what they call savings for the mbta,while the members they represent suffer..

    • Awesome on December 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks to the board
    Team Awesome.

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