MBTA Board of Directors Approves Ratified Contract

Today, our new contract, which was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership Sunday, has been officially approved by the MBTA Board of Directors. The new contract goes into effect retroactively from July 1, 2021 and extends to June 30, 2023.

This contract is a big win for our union after a challenging year. In this new agreement, we’ve secured $2,000 pandemic pay for the hard-working members who showed up to work each day at the height of the pandemic.

We’ve also secured the following key provisions for all of our members:

  • One-time $2,500 diversion payment, to be paid out by March 2022
  • New incentive to convert more part-time workers to full-time staff, solving ongoing schedule issues and expanding our family-sustaining wages and benefits
  • Two additional paid personal days per year, regardless of employee service or sick leave usage

We’re also proud to formally recognize Juneteenth as a guaranteed paid holiday, replacing Bunker Hill Day.

We want to thank all of you in the membership for helping us secure these victories. Our strength through solidarity means we can bargain for the provisions we deserve.

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  1. Thank you for your question, but please contact your delegate. – Local 589 Webmaster

    • Ray McDonald on December 30, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Just curious the change of earning vacation time from October 1 to September 30 instead of calendar year, how will that affect any employees who plan to retire at end of year and hold their vacation time until end of year? Usually when employees do this they would receive ten or twelve weeks of vacation time all at once and that would be one of their highest paid years. Will this no longer apply? If earning vacation time from October to September how will this be implanted from calendar year? Those who worked last year are they now not able to get any vacations until after September since accruing vacation time starts October and ends September? Happy New Year and thanks for what you do for us!!!!

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