Local unions protest possible bus privatization at MBTA in Quincy

Patriot Ledger | By Joe DiFazio | Feb 2, 2020

Quincy — Standing in front of a 115-year-old bus depot on Hancock Street in Quincy on Sunday morning were dozens of MBTA union members with a message for the transit authority: No more privatization.

The union workers, members of the International Association of Machinists and the Boston Carmen’s Union, expressed outrage at the MBTA’s exploration of using an outside vendor instead of MBTA employees to maintain and operate 60 new proposed buses. Union leaders and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III joined workers who called the prospect of the MBTA privatizing work “corporate greed.”

“The way that privatization works, off a system that wasn’t actually designed to make a profit, is you have to either cut from workers, or cut it from services, and one way or the other, people are going to lose,” Kennedy said.

“Privatization does not work at the MBTA or any public transportation, period,” said Jim Evers, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union. “If the MBTA decides to go this route, we’re going to fight and we consider this an attack on labor. The riding public does not deserve that.”

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