Statement from Boston Carmen’s Union President, Jimmy O’Brien, in response to attack on MBTA Bus Driver

“Bus operators have the hardest jobs in the MBTA. Everyday operators are harassed. Assaults have become too common. Many no longer report all of the incidents because they have come to expect it as part of their job. This is unacceptable.

The vast majority of operators are on old buses that lack sufficient safety barriers. Replacing a handful of buses is not enough, it’s time to bring the entire fleet of buses into the 21st century and give operators the security and protection they need. No more excuses, it needs to happen now.

The MBTA needs to make a real commitment―and investment―in ensuring the safety of its employees. No one should have to go to work every day fearing for their safety.

We are grateful to the passengers who stepped up and intervened on behalf of the driver, their bravery helped stop this vicious attack.”

– Jimmy O’Brien, President, Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589

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    • Bob on June 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Let’s be mbta operators hmmmm step 1 worry about the powers that be will privatize your job. ?? Step 2 wonder if you will have a pension ?? Step 3 wonder how many disgruntled passengers will prefabricate lies about you. Step 4 is the most important step of all wondering if I can defend my self after I’ve been attacked without any thought of loosing my lively hood.

    • Arthur Minichiello on May 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I find it disturbing that today I had to listen to announcement reminding operators to be alert due to recent events, watch for unusual activity, suspicious persons/packages, if you see something say something . Why didn’t we here these anouncements yesterday? A bombing last night on the other side of the earth promts these messages but not an employee being stabbed? Just goes to show you where the “T”s priorities are.

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