Statement from Carmen’s Union on New MBTA General

“The MBTA has spent a lot of energy attacking its own employees, but if you ask riders if their experience is better, if their commutes are better, you will hear a resounding ‘no.’ If the Baker Administration is serious about improving the MBTA it needs to make real investments in the system’s infrastructure– vehicles of all types, signals, and tracks. The MBTA needs strong leadership and stability, with a General Manager who empowers rather than attacks the people that try to keep this aging system running everyday. We hope that Mr. Ramírez provides the leadership the organization needs to move forward. If we all work together, we can bring Massachusetts the transportation system it deserves.” – James O’Brien, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589

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    • Lydia on August 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    How about getting the union members arbitrated awared raise back? The union President sells out his own members,that ought to explain things Still jobs went privatized, did union officials give up their raise? Doubt it.Time for new union leadership who backs their members 1000 percent Their is no job security, what about the hard working men and women who work all hours,holidays,away from families, have homes,children, now they have to worry each day if they even have a job left Get a spine 589 remember you work for your members not management or the Governor

    • jcmbta on August 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    SO here we go again , another MBTA general manager , that has no skills in the transit business .. then the high salary because he is NOT qualified ?

    this is another political deal , poor management skills , then when the MBTA fails this winter , the union workers will take the blame, just like when patrick and his DOCTOR in political science performed ..

    I disagree with you president O’Brien on this selection … the person to be hired to run the MBTA must be a electrical/mechanical degree engineer with transit experience ,,, not just a nice person, that will be good to work with/make deals .. when he fails and Baker most likely installed this guy so as to destroy the MBTA, then blame it on we workers , which have NO say on how the MBTA functions on the selection of the vehicles purchased and the improvements.. IMO Baker is gonna kill public transit and use this management to prove public transit does not work…

    • Kennedy on August 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

    So much for the alleged “fiscal crisis” at the MBTA! The Governor contiues to ruthlessly outsource middle class jobs to make shift private companies where the corporate political elite (Republican campaign donors) keep most of the “savings” at the expense of quality service. Look no further at Keolis’ service record and the grotesque actions of a private contractor assaulting a disabled man trying to gain access to a MBTA platform. How does hiring a GM with ZERO transit experience at a whopping $320,000 salary, PLUS bonuses, including $60,000 in moving expenses with a $2.5M personal budget to hire his own staff fix the MBTA? There is an immoral injustice going when you look at this latest action in conjunction with the effort to outsource bus maintenance to the lowest bidder in exchange for Jiffy Lube wages and benefits. The Governor used historic record snow fall (94 inches in13 days a few years ago) to masquerade an all out assault on middle class jobs. i look forward to Senator Warren soon joining the fight with the rest of us Democrats who support middle class jobs and the hard working men and women of the MBTA.

    • Dennis G. Moody on August 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Another General Manager. What an amazing salary, and nobody bats an eye. We have been dragged through the press for years as being lazy, WAY OVERPAID, scum of the earth out here for the public to abuse at will, [an image many of us feel as though the union has not been aggressive enough about countering when the numerous occasions have arisen over the years]. We have been singled out by the Baker administration, subject to more inane policies and have given up more than any other agency in the state. Management has also just received large raises while we gave ours away. I don’t recall seeing that in the news. Another missed opportunity I suppose.

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