Congratulations MANCON Employees

On May 18th MANCON employees unanimously voted to join Local 264! Congratulations to all new brothers and sisters !

 

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15th Annual Charles W. Foley Memorial Golf Tournament 8/20/2018

Please join us to benefit Guide Dogs of America on 8/20/2018. Directions and registration information can be found under the “events” tab.

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MANCON NLRB Election 5/18/18

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Fight Wage Theft

Massachusetts State Senator and Representative info can be found under the “resources” tab.

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MANCON Organizing Election 5/18/2018

Election details are posted in the “events” section of the website. VOTE UNION YES!

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This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

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Photo Contest 2018

Picture Your Photo on the Next IAM Calendar

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IAM Legislative Action 4/14/18

 

U. S. Senators

Elizabeth Warren

Washington, D.C.
Russell Senate Office Building
2 Russell Courtyard
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4543
Boston
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-3170
Springfield
1550 Main Street, Suite 406
Springfield, MA 01103

 

Edward J. Markey

Washington, D.C.
255 Dirksen Senate
Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2742

Boston
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-8519

U. S. House of Representatives

First Congressional District:  Richard Neal

Washington, D.C.
2208 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5601 | Fax: (202) 225-8112

Springfield
300 State Street, Suite 200
Springfield, MA 01105
(413) 785-0325 | Fax: (413) 747-0604

Pittsfield
78 Center St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Second Congressional District:  James McGovern

Washington, D.C.
438 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6101 | Fax: (202) 225-5759

Worcester
34 Mechanic Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 831-7356 |Fax: (508) 754-0982

Northampton
94 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Third Congressional District:  Niki Tsongas

Washington, D.C.
1607 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3411 | Fax: (202) 226-0771

Acton
492 Main Street Acton, MA 01720
(978) 263-1951

Lowell
11 Kearney Square, 3rd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 459-0101 | Fax: (978) 459-1907
 
Lawrence
305 Essex Street, 4th Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 681-6200 | Fax: (978) 682-6070
 
Haverhill
Haverhill Citizens Center
10 Welcome Street

Fourth Congressional District:  Joseph P. Kennedy III

Washington, D.C.
1218 Longworth House Office Building
Washington,  DC 20515
(202) 225-5931

Attleboro
8 North Main St., Suite 200
Attleboro,  MA 02703
(508) 431-1110

Newton
29 Crafts Street, Suite 375
Newton,  MA 02458
(617) 332-3333

Fifth Congressional District: Katherine Clark

Washington, D.C.
2108 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2836

Sixth Congressional District:  Seth Moulton

Washington, D.C.
1408 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8020 | Fax: (202) 225-5915

Salem
21 Front Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 531-1669  Fax: (978) 224-2270

Seventh Congressional District: Michael E. Capuano

Washington, D.C.
1414 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5111  Fax (202) 225-9322

Cambridge
110 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 621-6208 Fax (617) 621-8628

Roxbury
Roxbury Community College Campus Library*
Room 211
Roxbury, MA
(617) 621-6208 Fax: (617) 621-8628

*When the RCC Library is closed this office is also closed. Please contact the
Cambridge office for assistance during those times.

Eighth Congressional District:  Stephen F. Lynch

Washington, D.C.
2133 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8273  Fax: (202) 225-3984

Boston
88 Black Falcon Avenue, Suite 340
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 428-2000  Fax: (617) 428-2011

Brockton
155 West Elm Street, Suite 200
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 586-5555  Fax: (508) 580-4692

Ninth Congressional District: William Keating

Washington, D.C.
315 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3111 Fax: (202) 225-5658

Plymouth
2 Court St.
Plymouth, MA  02360
(508) 746-9000 Fax: (508) 732-0072

Cape and Islands
297 North St., Ste. 312
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-0666 Fax: (508) 790-1959

New Bedford
558 Pleasant St., Suite 309
New Bedford, MA  02740
(508) 999-6462 Fax:  (508) 999-6468

 

     
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When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

From Commonwealth Magazine

By James Aloisi

SO THERE I WAS, enjoying a brisk late April morning and about to dig into the newspapers (and breakfast), when my iPhone beeped and up came CommonWealth’s Sunday Upload. My pavlovian response was to stop everything I was doing and read what was on offer on the Upload. Turns out it was the folks at the Pioneer Institute, beating their privatization drum in a short article that was long on ideology and short on consensus-based solutions.

It happens that Pioneer was all exercised over what appears to have been an ill-timed and ill-conceived letter from our once-powerful congressional delegation, raising concerns about the MBTA’s interest in exploring privatizing bus maintenance. The delegation, a day late and $7.3 billion short, might have considered whether, and how, to engage the urgent issues that face the statewide public transportation system in a comprehensive and effective way. Perhaps they might consider how to build a national congressional consensus around a sustainable mobility platform that political leaders in blue and red states might embrace. But what do I know? Maybe the governor and his transportation secretary read the letter and, fully chided, agreed to look deeply into their respective ideological souls and change course.

The congressional delegation letter may not have changed the hearts or minds of state officials, but it certainly gave Pioneer the impetus to reprise the dulcet tones of their privatization songbook. And generally I’d be OK with that, especially during the quiet early morning hours of a late April Sunday, when I’m inclined toward a generosity of spirit. I even agree with their view that the MBTA retirement system needs an overhaul that would make it function in a manner consistent with the state retirement system. But Pioneer has that way with words that unfailingly pushes my buttons, and there it was, their misleading construct about how to solve the T’s enormous state-of-good-repair gap:

“With a $7.3 billion maintenance backlog and billions more in debt, the T basically faces three options: Cut service, raise fares once again, or enact reforms such as restructuring the MBTA Retirement Fund as an integrated Social Security/pension system with offsets that take pension benefits into account.”

 

Three options? Just those three? What about raising net new revenue for the T – the kind of stable revenue that would enable the T to accelerate the state-of-good-repair work we all agree is urgently needed? The kind of new revenue that would support hiring the staff resources that the T admits it doesn’t have. I thought those who embraced “reform before revenue” implicitly agreed that once reform took place, net new revenue would follow. But, of course, there is never enough reform to appease these reformers, never enough to trigger the revenue part of the equation.

I didn’t want to spoil my morning, so I dashed off a tweet that chastised both Pioneer and the congressional delegation, in keeping with my determination to approach these matters in a non-partisan manner. My friends at Pioneer must be late risers, because it took many hours before their responses hit my Twitter feed.

And I can’t complain too much about the subsequent exchange because it’s easy to misunderstand, or misinterpret, someone’s meaning when they are writing a 140-character response to something that deserves more substantial attention. As I said earlier, I don’t really have a quarrel with their position on the MBTA pension issue. My quarrel is when organizations like this cherry-pick issues (and fail to address others) in an effort to make people believe that more reform and no revenue is the answer.

I’m all for reforms – appropriate, non-ideological reforms. I share significant responsibility for writing and enacting into law the most far-reaching and comprehensive transportation reform legislation in state history. Unlike many who talk a lot about it, I embraced reform and made it happen. But I was also candid about the need for revenue. When I said at the time that the slogan “reform before revenue” was a meaningless slogan, I did so because I knew that we also needed substantial net new revenue together with the reform. Eight years later Massachusetts still doesn’t have the net new revenue needed to do the job the way (and in the timeframe) it should be done.

These are not just ideological battles. Every single week real people, thousands of them, have to face the consequences of the failure to raise net new revenue — every day they receive an alert that a disabled train at rush hour means another late arrival at work, every time they have to break a subway car window because smoke is filling their car, or every time they’re asked to impersonate a sardine packed in the can of a SL 1, or 28 bus. Calling for MBTA pension reform is fine, but let’s not mislead people into thinking that just another reform is the answer to what ails the transit system.

It is long past time for us to acknowledge the need for substantial net new revenue to build the modern, first-world transit system that is the essential underpinning of our ability to sustain a growing economy. We can talk about and enact reforms until the cows come home, but a $7.3 billion gap cannot be resolved on an accelerated basis without net new revenue. Nor can the T’s other needs, including the need for the system to strategically expand and respond adeptly to the rise of new mobility options that threaten to shrink interest in (and market share for) public transportation.

We ought to strive to reach and build a consensus across ideological lines to address the unquestioned need to rebuild and modernize the MBTA. To do that on a timeframe that keeps up with the pace of our region’s current and forecasted growth, and with an eye toward achieving sustainable and equitable outcomes, we need to honestly confront the need for substantial net new revenue. Finding excuse after excuse to avoid that fundamental issue doesn’t advance the debate, or enable the kind of non-ideological, non-partisan decision-making that ought to be at the core of how we make and implement transportation policy in the Commonwealth.

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Happy 129th Birthday, Machinists!

Sisters and Brothers,

On May 5, 1888, our great union was founded when 19 railroad machinists secretly met in Atlanta to protect their rights from an abusive employer. During that meeting in a dirty railroad pit, those individuals could not have conceived what the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers would become.

Tom Talbot and his coworkers set in motion a cause that has steadily grown in reach. Within two years of its formation, the Machinists Union became truly international when the first Canadian and Mexican local lodges were chartered. We were one of the first industrial labor organizations to admit women and minorities into its ranks.

Today we celebrate the IAM’s past accomplishments and look forward to the future we will all share. Many of the historical struggles our predecessors faced remain with us today. Our unity and resolve to defend the rights of working families have never been stronger.

Workplace justice and fairness are noble ideals worth fighting for. Demanding that multinational corporations and our government recognize that is our ongoing task, and I am confident we are up to the challenge.

In solidarity,

Bob Martinez
International President

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