privatization

MBTA solicits proposals for bus garage outsourcing

MBTA solicits proposals for bus garage outsourcing

Says there is no violation of contract with union workers

THE MBTA ISSUED a request for proposals last Friday for its planned privatization of three bus maintenance garages located in Quincy, Lynn, and Boston, a move that has put the agency on a collision course with T unions opposed to the outsourcing. T officials said at a briefing for reporters on Monday that they believe(...)

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Joe Kennedy lends support to T workers’ anti-privatization effort

Joe Kennedy lends support to T workers’ anti-privatization effort

Union rallies in Quincy, kicks-off public education campaign

MBTA UNION WORKERS rallied against privatization efforts Monday morning at a bus maintenance garage in Quincy, where US Rep. Joseph Kennedy spoke in support of the mechanics’ fight against outsourcing the work done at the T’s maintenance garages. “The men and women that are here today are just asking to negotiate. They’re not asking for(...)

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The high toll of inmate phone calls

The high toll of inmate phone calls

Advocates say charges keep prisoners isolated, undermine criminal justice reforms

IT’S EASY TO take ordinary conveniences like making a telephone call for granted. Advances in technology have made communication cheaper and higher quality than ever before. But one group has been excluded from enjoying the benefits of the falling cost of this modern amenity: inmates. For years, inmates and their families across the nation have(...)

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MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

Tab is increasing for Silver Line bus repairs sent to Maine

IT’S A simple equation. Whenever we privatize or outsource public services, we as a state and as taxpayers lose control. Case after case has shown that when we hand over control of core services like vehicle repair, it does not serve the interests of the public in the long-term. Yet, here in Massachusetts, full-blown privatization(...)

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T union claims cash uncollected

T union claims cash uncollected

MBTA officials deny riders let in for free when machines shut down

THE HEAD OF the MBTA’s Carmen’s Union ramped up his assault on the agency’s move to privatize money collection, claiming the first week of a new system resulted in untold lost revenue from streams of riders going through open gates for free triggered by fare vending machines that wouldn’t work because they were too stuffed(...)

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T union raises concern about outside contractor

T union raises concern about outside contractor

Company takes 8 weeks to repair 8 motors

THE MBTA RESTORED full service to the Orange Line in March but nevertheless shipped 24 disabled Orange Line traction motors to an outside contractor for repair. The T says it expects to receive the first of the refurbished motors back on Friday after more than eight weeks of work. The contract for the motor repairs(...)

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