The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, recently expressed their opposition to the outsourcing of bus maintenance at the MBTA in a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.
“Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents use MBTA bus service every day,” said members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation. “For many it is their only available public transit service. A well-functioning, sustainable MBTA is in everyone’s interest. We think those interests will be best served by sitting down and negotiating with your employees on major issues of concern to them so an agreement can be found that you both wholeheartedly support. We urge you to do so.”
“IAM Local 264 would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation for joining us in this fight,” said IAM District 15 Business Representative Mike Vartabedian. “We hope Governor Baker and Transportation Secretary Pollack take the appropriate action against the failed policy of privatizing our public transit services. We look forward to working on public policy solutions that create a stronger public transit system that delivers quality service to the people of Massachusetts.”
International President Bob Martinez offered praise to the delegation.
“The list of allies in our fight to save Massachusetts public transit is growing by the day,” said Martinez. “The IAM looks forward to working with the Massachusetts congressional delegation to fight back against the privatization of our public transit system.”
Read the Boston Globe article: Senators, reps urge MBTA: Negotiate with your workers instead of privatizing
More than 450 mechanics, fuelers, and other skilled professionals in IAM Local 264 proudly contribute to the operation of the MBTA and our communities every day. We believe in ensuring safety for our riders and in professionally negotiating contracts that guarantee our members have a say in their job and can perform those jobs in workplaces that are safe. The Machinists Union and Local 264 have been fighting for workers, their families, and Boston communities for 125 years.