Statement from Boston Carmen’s Union President on MBTA’s Safety Review Report

Jim Evers

“There’s nothing in this report that comes as a surprise to anyone who works for ─ and truly understands ─ the MBTA. Management has made decisions that have compromised safety for far too long. The Boston Carmen’s Union has raised concerns related to MBTA safety for years, both publicly and behind closed doors ─ about insufficient staffing, deficiencies in leadership, and prioritizing cost savings at the expense of safety. Our concerns have consistently been ignored by MBTA management. For the women and men operating and maintaining the MBTA, safety is always our highest priority. The Carmen’s Union, and our members, stand ready to provide the feedback and guidance needed to improve safety, reliability, and service for our riders.”

– Jim Evers, Boston Carmen’s Union President-Elect

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    • Dave Bellinach on December 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    As the snow falls as we hit winter. The streets are covered with the salt on the streets. When bus drivers drive we have all the dust of the salt being blown off the streets onto my throat and lungs. I always have the side window open not only for fresh air but to hear the surroundings to be safe as I can. I always get dry mouth and sore thoughts during this time of year. I always wonder what chemicals are in the street rock salt that I’m breathing in?? What are the long term effects of breathing in this stuff???? Does any of the customers think of that while I’m driving???

    • jcmbta on December 11, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    my concern is the workers at the MBTA are exposed to dangerous chemicals and the management does not care about workers in the maintenance areas, fail to protect us from damage to our life.

    also the subway systems need a cleaning procedure to reduce subway dust that will effect drivers/workers/riders in the subway pits. this cleaning will also reduce damage to the vehicles .

    rails lines have never been properly maintained .. that is why we have derailments.
    I have put many trains on the tracks .. switch failure or rails worn causing the train to jump off the track.rotten wooden rail ties..
    IMO will take 20yrs to fix it if, the politicians do the work and the union must work with management, to improve the quality of the system .

    good luck !

    • Michael Hunt on December 10, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Well said, far to often employees are targeted by overzealous “tweeters “ regarding problems with services.
    Unrealistic schedules for buses, times have not been adjusted pertaining to the amount of people, the narrowing of roads and the traffic issues. As far as safety goes, employees are walking on eggshells due to the harsh discipline for minor unavoidable infractions..

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