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Gas lockout endangers everyone

Gas lockout endangers everyone

National Grid putting profits before people

LAST FALL, NATIONAL GRID employee Scott Ambler helped prevent what could have been a potentially devastating gas explosion in Weymouth. Ambler was not assigned to the job; instead he was passing by the site when he noticed water contractors digging around what they thought was a water pipe, but which Ambler knew immediately was a(...)

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You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

As Dorchester fire shows, hiring nonunion contractors is risky

BOSTON RANKED AMONG the top 20 cities in the world for direct commercial real estate investment in 2016, and it shows – everywhere you turn there’s a new development cropping up – and it’s a trend that will continue. It’s time we had a serious conversation about safety. A massive residential fire swept through a new building under(...)

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T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks

T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks

Prosecutors: Timothy Dockery pocketed cash and tickets

THE PRESIDENT OF an MBTA union is facing charges that he used his position as a buyer for the agency to submit fraudulent invoices that netted him more than $100,000 in cash and kickbacks, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Timothy Dockery of Plymouth, an MBTA employee for more than 18 years and the current(...)

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T janitors say private vendors cut health benefits

T janitors say private vendors cut health benefits

Fiscal board members vow to break the contracts if true

JANITORS FOR THE private vendors contracting with the MBTA, who could go on strike on Friday if no agreement is reached, told alarmed members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the companies are cutting corners by reducing workers schedule by one hour so they don’t qualify for health and other benefits. “I get(...)

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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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