Here is what Senator Marc Pacheco said against the budget

Sen. Pacheco of Taunton "There are so many good things in this budget. The earned income tax credit will help 400,000 families. The reason why so many of us have been concerned about that issue, Read more

Massachusetts legislature hurts the taxpayers and workers in the budget.

Yesterday, the legislators of Massachusetts hurt working families, MBTA riders, and taxpayers across Massachusetts with the three years suspension of the Taxpayer Protection Act. The law was not a hurdle to privatize things at Read more

A letter from 264 President Mastandrea

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Here is what Senator Marc Pacheco said against the budget

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Sen. Pacheco of Taunton

“There are so many good things in this budget. The earned income tax credit will help 400,000 families. The reason why so many of us have been concerned about that issue, the issue of income inequality, when we focus in on this issue the EITC even in the final version of this budget still falls significantly short of where we need to be ultimately. There is so much more that we need to do. Sen. Wolf has described that is driving this gaping gap. And every year it gets worse. We learned during a seminar that what has happened relative to labor standards in America is at the core of what is taking place relative to the gap that is ever widening. The amount of activity in the private sector in terms of labor unions that have diminished in the last 20, 30 years and how that has had a significant impact in terms of having a counterbalance force to speak out against injustices in the private sector. The minimum wage is one of the issues we fought for but it still falls short of where we should have been at that time. We learned that too that day at that seminar. The provision you may be surprised I want to talk about dealing with the privatization of services in the Commonwealth, in this case dealing with the MBTA. In terms of the Taxpayer Protection Act that is law and will be law after this budget passes all across the executive branch except for the MBTA and some of the other agencies that were exempt when we passed the statute back in 1993. When we passed that in December of 1993 – only a few people were here to vote on that, one or two who voted against it. It did not happen easily. It took a full year to put in place. Why did we put it in place? We put it on the books to protect the taxpayer of the Commonwealth because when we take our public assets and hand those public assets over to a private entity to provide a public service we should insist that that process be transparent, open to the public, everybody should be able to see what’s going on. Not after the fact, before the deal is done . Upfront, honest and open. That’s the first part of the statute. A public open process transparent to all. We wanted to make sure there was accountability, a third party to give an independent judgement. Should the IG or AG do it? We decided to have the individual elected by the citizens, whether a Democrat or Republican, it would be the independent auditor of the Commonwealth representing the people of the Commonwealth. Not a party, not an insider deal but someone who had to go out and explain their decision to the people. We said make sure there is a cost-benefit analysis to deal with the quality of service issues. If you could make it through the process and if you save the taxpayer at least ten percent – that got negotiated out down to one penny – save the taxpayer a penny, do the other provisions, you got the contract. That’s the law. The administration now in the southeast region is contracting out emergency mental health services. What are they doing? They are using the Taxpayer Protection Act. Has anybody her the administration yell and complain about some problem in the southeast area? Haven’t hear a peep from them down the hall. Haven’t heard it’s too complicated. Haven’t heard it can’t be done. They believe they can do it and they very well may be able to and contract them out privately. Eighty percent of proposals submitted have been approved. Fast forward to this winter snowstorm. Our present governor did everything he could to stop that law from going on the books. Look at who the first executive director was of the Pioneer Institute – our present governor. Connected to the institute and the individual in charge of privatization during the 90s, the early part through 93. Privatization that took place during that time led a Globe Spotlight team to expose privatization schemes gone wrong, handouts of contracts, improper documentation, fraud, that led Governor Weld to have a press conference and announce he was putting in place an executive order putting in a cooling off period so they would not leave the executive branch to take the jobs with private contractors being created across the straight. This all happened. Google it. Look it up. It’s real. It happened. I am worried that it will happen again. The number of T employees in my district I can count on one hand, very few. We have been trying to get rail service for over 30 years. The latest I hear is maybe having a private company set up a line in Middleborough or New Bedford starting out as a tourism thing. No thank you. They want to bait and switch. Running for office they are for South Coast rail. Watch that one. That’s coming down the road. I am very concerned about this provision. I shouldn’t be as concerned as I am because I don’t have a lot of the direct impact that would take place in my regional economy as will take place in the metropolitan Boston area if things go wrong. The MBTA under the legislation before us could be 100 percent privatized within months not years. Bus drivers, overwhelming majority women African American minorities that have finally got themselves up into a middle class state, we will see potentially a future for them which is all about a race to the bottom. Any profits a company would make they make on the backs of those workers. Decreased wages, decreased health care, that’s how they make those profits. A hearing Sen. Warren had in the last couple of weeks she had transportation experts in to look at a GAO report and they did a survey and on average the private providers of service will cost more money, not less. Why? Because they have to make a profit. Put some money in their pocket. Pay their bills and go get another contract. That is what’s going on across America. There are 19 states taking previously privatized work and bringing it back in house. I will send you the report. I am going to conclude very soon I promise you. I want to make a couple of other points. I was at the Joint Transportation hearing and they did a phenomenal job. I was there to hear and watch as the governor stated he was not interested in impacting in any way the workers, the fine workers at the T. That’s what he said publicly. Get the record. I believe there’s video of it. That’s what he has continued to say. I spoke with the House Speaker this morning and asked him why are we doing this. Why would we be heading in this direction that has the potential of impacting so many people that could actually depress wages to the extent that all of these workers will soon be on Mass Health so we will be subsidizing them in another way while a private company will be doing just fine. By the way ever hear of a company called Keolis? It’s a privatized company. Some of the worst records in terms of time in our history at the T. Yet somehow this magical thing that is going to happen by suspending the privatization accountability. Says who? Says the Pioneer Institute. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Says the Mass. Fiscal Alliance. Surprise, surprise surprise. We know the connections between those groups and the administration. I wish the mainstream media will tell the public what that is about and why the special interests are putting so much money into a campaign so you can have privatization of services without any oversight or accountability and no proof that the taxpayers will save any money. They love that scenario coming up. They can’t wait . There is one provisions about the privatization statute. Many have not experienced it. We are debating acceptance of the conference report. We can accept the report and then we are voting on the budget. We could reject the conference report and that provision goes back to conference and it can go back there for 15 minutes, two hours. There are 31 days in July. We have a budget til the end of this month. We could go another week and make sure that what the 32 senators that talked to me on this issue when we may have had a vote on this issue and gave me their commitment on that vote if we had a vote that they would not be voting for this issue. I suspect that was one of the reasons it was not in the budget coming out of the Senate. We voted on a budget that did not have the privatization piece in it at all. To get the bill on the books, we went through a year of debates. But to take a piece of it off all it takes is one person on the other chamber to slip it into the budget without a hearing, without debate without a roll call to put it on the table so we have no choice but to give in. Those are not the types of negotiation that we used to have around here. When folks have that type of scenario going on, many times those provisions were kept in conference. I know the very competent chair of Ways and Means did everything she could and our president did everything he could to try to prevent what we’re dealing with right now from being a reality. There are so many other issues that they did not want to be impacted. We all have issues – choice, guns, the death penalty. For me this is at the heart of economic justice in terms of how people could possibly be impacted and how we could prevent it here and now but giving this another chance. Maybe it’s another day. Maybe we will be back next week. I predict we’re not going to see a transportation bill. Everything’s in the budget. I read the speaker saying similar comments in the State House News this week – might not need to have a bill if there are enough tools in place in the budget. The governor can simply veto provisions and then we would need two thirds vote to override. I am asking all of you to do what many of you in your heart want to do. You are in a difficult situation. You have this bill that is a great budget for the most part. For me this taints the budget. The minority party is holding back the joy and the glee. But let’s give it a shot and if for no other reason than to put on the public record that some of us believe there is a national movement ot underpin labor and to continue decreasing the effectiveness and the importance of labor standards in American society. If there was an opportunity to get it done we would have a management rights bill before us across the board. Some on the far right would not be happy until every public employee only has a 401k. That is where we are headed. Final point on the T. A lot of press on the historic storm and a lot of blame to go around and almost everyone has pointed to the management. The women and men driving the buses have had nothing to do with the management. They are being told what to do every day. They are the workers. Just like in a company in the private sector that goes bankrupt. It’s not the workers it’s the leaders who decide to outsource jobs, take the profit and go home and tell the rest of the workers see if you can figure it out for yourself. I just don’t think we should be part of that. The workers got themselves to those jobs and got as much done in the best way they could. It was the management who failed us. Let us not have a red herring be placed into this budget in terms of a resolution of the T. The Pioneer Institute today, actually it was yesterday – it really got me – I started getting calls a half hour after I made it back to my home after Sen. Kennedy’s funeral. That really ticked me off. That they would pick that day to release their report because they knew on that day we all would be a little busy, a little tied up. The last thing we would be able to do would be to turn around documents to the press to get the other side of the story out. I think that was pretty sad. The document they put out and I said this to the press. The Herald said I thought it was really really wrong. I said it was really BS. And I an not talking about a baccalaureate degree. Because that’s what it is. They have put out there made-up numbers. They are responding to the special interest money that is the dark money that so many of us in this chamber have been trying to get rid of. Unaccountable money. You can’t track it. You don’t know who is providing it. The Koch brothers are there. On the labor side someone can say that’s just as bad and and they’re corrupt. Except for one thing they report it. It’s public, transparent. On the other side it’s hidden. Nobody knows who’s involved and that’s wrong. I ask you to join with my in supporting transparency by sending this conference report back to conference and if it comes back again we’ll do the budget. If it’s not successful I will be supporting the budget because I will then have done everything possible that I could have done by voting no on this conference report.”

Massachusetts legislature hurts the taxpayers and workers in the budget.

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Yesterday, the legislators of Massachusetts hurt working families, MBTA riders, and taxpayers across Massachusetts with the three years suspension of the Taxpayer Protection Act. The law was not a hurdle to privatize things at the MBTA as many right wing people had framed it.  According to State Auditor Suzanne Bump since 1993, 12 of the 15 privatization plans reviewed by the state auditor were approved, and of the three that weren’t approved two had been advanced by the MBTA. “The Pacheco Law forces government agencies, unaccustomed to thinking like businesses, to explore alternatives to their current model and base decisions on costs, desired outcomes, competitive bidding, and value,” said Bump.

The goal of the Taxpayer Protection Act was to protect Massachusetts from the waste, fraud, and abuse that routinely took place because of an unchecked privatization scheme implemented at the expense of taxpayers in the early 1990’s It was passed in response to the Weld administration’s use of a privatization, which rewarded relationships over fiscal responsibility in the issuing of contracts. Now the public and taxpayers will be kept in the dark about the cost and quality of services provided, and there will be no one to hold contractors accountable. Sadly the taxpayers are going to be the ultimate ones that are going to be paying for this, while Governor Bakers friends will profit.  The Taxpayer Protection Act was the checks and balances against unchecked privatization where profit is all that matters. The law brought transparency and accountability to the process.

Only a few legislators had the courage to stand up for what was the right thing to do for the taxpayers and workers. State Representative Michael Brady of Brockton was the only House member to vote against the budget bill containing the repeal. Brady said, “I’m against suspending the rights of workers for three years,” In the Senate, it was Marc Pacheco of Taunton, Thomas McGee of Lynn, Dan Wolf of Harwich, Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and Kenneth Donnelly of Arlington. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he was disappointed by the inclusion of the Pacheco suspension in the bill and both he and Senator Karen Spilka said the focus on MBTA reforms should be on the management side. “I’ll speak for myself. I’m very disappointed,” Rosenberg said. He said he had expected about a half dozen no votes and he said the statutory vetting process before privatization of government service is something senators “feel very passionately about it.”

Local 264 and Local 589 ran a relentless media and ground campaign but the Koch brother funded think tanks and pro-business entities spent an untold amount of time and money on a coordinated and far-reaching disinformation campaign. The Pioneer Institute was the biggest one involved with carrying their former co-director Charlie Bakers agenda. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation also used deceptive claims and polls that were discounted by newspapers and experts.

The most unfortunate thing is the debate never focused on the real issues or facts. Many experts (Jim Aloisi, David D’Alessandro, Rick Dimino of A Better City, etc.) agreed that the T needs a sustainable funding formula along with taking the Big Dig debt off the MBTA’s books. However, the forces trying to repeal the Pacheco Law have been working to overturn it for a long time, and with two unprecedented, back-to-back snowstorms, Governor Baker saw this one in 26,000 years opportunity.

This is far from over for all of us. We would like to thank the members who did the phone banks, spoke to or emailed their legislators, lobbied at the state house, and advocated for the Taxpayer Protection Act (or Pacheco Law).  The forces of inequality and union busting are organized and fighting hard. We need to rise to the occasion by improving our solidarity and advocacy capabilities and increasing the participation levels of the membership in these deeply important matters. We may have lost this time, but the fighting machinists will never back down from a fight to protect our members and all union and non-union workers across Massachusetts. The Governors transportation bill will be coming through the statehouse soon and the stakes could not be higher. THIS IS NOT A GAME, EVERYONE NEEDS TO STEP UP.

In Solidarity,

Local 264 Executive Board

Will Foley

Jeb Mastandrea

Mike Haywood

Ben Sherman

Bob Walker Jr.

A letter from 264 President Mastandrea

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Sisters and Brothers,

Governor Baker and his Koch Brother funded Pioneer Institute cronies have been moving an agenda which is very dangerous to the taxpayers of Massachusetts. The Taxpayers Protection Act of 1993 is just that, taxpayers protection. It is not a MBTA employees job protection act. Just look at the numbers from the Massachusetts State Auditors Office and see for yourself.

Governor Baker and the Pioneer Institute have been partners in  manipulating some of our representatives, senators and general public into believing it is a union employee protection act. Now suddenly, after over two decades of protecting taxpayers from bad contracts and contractors. They want to finish the race to the bottom that the governors mentor Bill Weld started in 1990’s.

Senator Marc Pacheco has called Pioneer Institute out on their own transparency, asking them publicly to reveal their donors. Which they still have yet to reveal. Records indicate that the Koch Brothers and Alec are large funders of the right wing think tank, which by the way Governor Bakers father was a co-founder. He also sat on the board of directors there in the early 1990’s. Follow the money and see that they are carrying his agenda and they are carrying his.

I ask them, where is the proof that the Taxpayers Protection Act stifles contractors from bidding. If you look at the Auditors website you will see that the paperwork required for a contractor to use is six pages. That should not be a hindrance for a company trying to get a contract with the state for $500,000 or more.

Don’t be fooled like some of our politicians on Beacon Hill are. Demand proof from your representatives and senators, demand the proof that this is taking place and ask them, is Governor Baker and the Pioneer Institute going to manipulate their way into running OUR state government, or are they going to seek the facts? Facts which can be easily produced because the facts are in the state auditors office. We must stop this manipulation of our government by these corporate backed “think tanks”. The legislators should instead look to work with riders and MBTA employees towards a system that will reliably serve the public for the future.

Your officers and executive board have been working non stop in tandem with Carmens Union 589 to do everything in our power to educate the legislators and stop this horrendous legislation. We also thank each and every 264 member who has volunteered to phone bank, lobby, march in parades, or do what needs to be done for this great local.

You must, and I can not stress this enough, you MUST in the coming days, each and every one of you must make a phone call to your state legislators and both the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and the House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey and make your voice heard. We are the Fighting Machinists and these are the last few rounds of the fight. So stand up and fight. Your livelihoods are literally in the balance. Do what you must do for your families and your sisters and brothers of Local 264.

In Solidarity,

Jim Mastandrea

 

To find your legislators CLICK HERE.

Speaker Robert DeLeo

Phone: 617-722-2500

Fax: 617-722-2008

Email: Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey

Phone: 617-722-2990

Fax: 617-722-2215

Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LOBBY AT STATE HOUSE

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WE CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS.

ITS NOW OR NEVER. YOUR LIVELIHOODS ARE AT STAKE.

LABOR LOBBY DAYS FOR LOCAL 589 & 26E  ON JUNE 29, 30, 2015 9:30 AM AT STATE HOUSE (MEETING ON 4TH FLOOR NEAR CAFE)

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LABOR LOBBY DAYS FOR LOCAL 589 & 264.

WHEN : JUNE 29, 30, 2015

WHERE: STATE HOUSE ( MEETING ON 4TH FLOOR)

TIME 9:30 AM

OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF LOCAL 589 & 264 ARE UNDER ATTACK.

PLEASE COME AND LOBBY LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT.

BINDING ARBITRATION/COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ARE AT RISK.

THIS AFFECTS US ALL, IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND HELP LOCAL 589 & 264.

PRIVATIZING THE MBTA WOULD UNEQUIVOCALLY HURT THE WORKING CLASS.

WE ALSO ASK YOU, YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO CALL AND EMAIL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND ASK TO PROTECT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND BINDING ARBITRATION, AND MAINTAIN THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT.

SPEAKER BOB DELEO

Phone: 617-722-2500

Fax: 617-722-2008

Email: Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN BRIAN DEMPSEY

Phone: 617-722-2990

Fax: 617-722-2215

Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

TRANSPOrtation REFORM BILL ROLLS OUT OF COMMITTEE ON PARTY LINES

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By Andy Metzger

Statehouse New Service

With Democrats voting unanimously in favor and Republicans withholding their support or opposing it, the Transportation Committee advanced its MBTA reform bill out of committee on Tuesday. Before a 24-hour poll on the legislation (H 3347) had concluded, Speaker Robert DeLeo indicated that there would be “some changes” to the bill in the House, which would be handled by House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey. The Transportation Committee voted 16-1, with three members reserving their rights, according to a committee staffer. A redraft of legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker, the bill would establish a fiscal and management control board for the T and make other changes aimed at righting the transit agency after its performance during nasty winter weather led to calls for reform of the agency. Left on the committee’s cutting room floor were Baker’s proposals to remove strictures from the T requiring a vetting process before services are privatized, along with the governor’s proposal to give a control board a freer hand in setting fares. House Committee Chairman William Straus has said that though the bill does not include Baker’s recommendation to allow T officials to reject an arbitrated union contract the omission “should not be taken as an indication that we’ve reached a conclusion on that issue.” The Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 vehemently opposes the elimination of final and binding arbitration. Sen. Robert Hedlund, a Weymouth Republican, was the only member who gave the bill an unfavorable recommendation. House Republicans Steven Howitt, Hannah Kane and David Muradian reserved their rights. All 16 Democrats on the committee gave the bill a favorable recommendation. – Andy Metzger/SHNS

LAWMAKERS REDRAFT BAKER MBTA BILL, SET TUESDAY VOTING DEADLINE

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By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 22, 2015…..Gov. Charlie Baker’s MBTA reform package began leaving its station in the Transportation Committee on Monday afternoon minus a few of the provisions the governor included in his own version.

Lawmakers on the committee have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a bill that would create a fiscal and management control board, while preserving the cap on MBTA fare hikes and without altering final and binding arbitration for labor at the T.

Baker, who took office right before particularly brutal snow and cold jammed up rail service in Metro Boston’s transit system, appointed an expert panel before recommending structural fixes to the governance of the T. The T is already engaged in preparing its hardware for next winter.

House Transportation Committee Chairman William Straus, a Mattapoisett Democrat, said the aim of the bill is to place the governor “most directly” in control of the MBTA. Straus said the fare cap allows for predictability among the riding public, and said the union arbitration change that Baker recommends has some complications.

Omitting language that would have altered final and binding arbitration “should not be taken as an indication that we’ve reached a conclusion on that issue,” Straus told the News Service.

Some elements of Baker’s transportation reform were included in budgets passed by the House and the Senate. A House budget provision would suspend the law requiring a vetting process before the T attempts to privatize service. A Senate budgetary provision established a fiscal and management control board.

Baker and lawmakers have said their aim is to complete the legislation this summer.

Gov. Charlie Baker, who prior to his leadership meeting with the House speaker and Senate president, said it would be “news to me” that an MBTA bill was being released by committee, said later he couldn’t comment on the substance of the bill until he had a chance to read it.

“I’m excited that they’re moving forward on it. It means they think it’s important and so do we,” Baker told the News Service.

Conservation Law Foundation senior attorney Rafael Mares said he appreciated that unlike the governor’s bill, the committee version does not scrap a funding schedule outlined in a 2013 tax law.

“It avoids all the problems of the previous bill that we were concerned about,” Mares said. He said, “It should really be applauded for not just what it does, but what it avoids.”

Mares said the bill also avoids concerns he held about opening the door to increasing the cost of transfers within the system.

The bill (H 3347) directs the secretary of transportation to develop a plan by December to move MBTA employees off the debt-financed capital budget by July 1, 2018, according to a summary. It also makes the MBTA’s general manager report directly to the secretary.

The bill also authorizes the MBTA to transfer operation of its ferry service to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan International Airport.

The legislation would establish a commission to report on retirement benefits, and another commission to study best practices in transportation governance.

 

ALL MEMBERS ARE STILL ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THEIR LEGISLATORS AND VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION TO REMOVAL OF THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT, AND THE REMOVAL OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND RETRO-ACTIVE PAY. TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR CLICK HERE

2015 IAMAW Industrial conference

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More than 350 IAM members, leadership and staff kicked off the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago, pledging to confront head on the challenges facing workers in the many industries the IAM represents.

The conference brings together delegates from a variety of sectors, including aerospace and Service Contract Act; automotive; energy, natural resources, wood products and agriculture; public and government employees; shipbuilding, brewery, electronics and manufacturing; and metal industries.

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg thanked the IAM for its continued support of the independent credit agency.

A rapidly changing global economy filled with bankruptcies, mergers and consolidations, coupled with constant attacks from corporate and right-wing interests, has challenged the IAM to adapt and streamline, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

“Everything is connected in the IAM,” said Buffenbarger. “One side makes the stuff the other side uses. One can’t exist alone, so it’s important we engage in a similar track to figure out how we harness the energy of our members.”

The energy of IAM members has been evidenced by the push back on the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership and recent organizing success in the South and in the aerospace industry.

“It should be a point of pride for everyone in this room that they are part of a union that fights back against corporate bullies and political thugs, who would return us to a time when unions were banned, workers were silenced and resistance was met with blunt and terrible force,” said IAM General Vice President Bob Martinez who is serving as the conference chairperson.

The IAM continues to push for job training and apprentice programs that prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow and defend agencies like the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which has come under attack by the right wing even though it supports millions of good-paying U.S. jobs without adding a dime to the federal deficit.

“Last year Ex-Im supported 164,000 American jobs,” Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg told delegates. “If a company wants to make it in America, we are there for them because we support you. If a company wants to make it someplace else, they can find financing someplace else. We support American jobs and only American jobs.”

Conference delegates will finish out the week by breaking out into industry-specific workgroups to learn the skills necessary for the IAM to grow and thrive.

This video was shown at the IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago to highlight six departments: Legislative & Political Action, Safety & Health, High Performance Work Organization (HPWO), Retirees, Community & Membership Services, Women & Human Rights and Communications.

 

MASS AFL-CIO President Tolman on MBTA with Keller at large

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BOSTON (CBS) — The president of the state’s largest collection of union workers talked MBTA reform, Boston’s Olympic bid and trade on Sunday’s Keller @ Large.

AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller that he thinks the Carmen’s Union is “100 percent right” in their opposition to a proposed MBTA fiscal control board.

“What the governor is looking for is a trump card on arbitration,” Tolman said. “And that is a violation of the law.

Tolman also discussed his opposition to the president’s new Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement.

“Labor is standing up for what is right in America,” Tolman said.

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Mass Transit Employee Protections, (Section 13(c)) of the Federal Transit Act

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You may have heard that the unions have “threatened” to sue the state, or petition the federal government to cut off millions of dollars in aid for the agency, if state lawmakers approve a key provision of Governor Charlie Baker’s T overhaul plan. Actually it has been law since 1964 and specifically what the governor is trying to do by eliminating binding arbitration violates Sec 13(2), which is “the continuation of collective bargaining rights”

 
So here is a little bit more about what the law is:

Mass Transit Employee Protections, (Section 13(c)) of the Federal Transit Act

Section 13(c) is quite well known in the transit industry as the labor
protection provision of the Federal Transit Act. Despite the general awareness of Section 13(c) requirements, its interpretation and application have long been a source of uncertainty and even confusion
among transit managers and lawyers. It is the goal of this paper to shed light on the procedural
and substantive aspects of Section 13(c).
Section 13(c) generally requires, as a precondition to a grant of federal assistance by the
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), that fair and equitable protective arrangements must be
made by the grantee to protect employees affected by such assistance. The statute requires that
provisions addressing five specific matters be included in such protective arrangements:
(1) The preservation of rights, privileges, and benefits under existing collective bargaining agreements;
(2) The continuation of collective bargaining rights;
(3) The protection of employees against a worsening of their positions with respect to their employment;
(4) Assurances of employment to employees of acquired mass transportation systems and priority of reemployment for employees terminated or laid off; and
(5) Paid training or retraining programs.

APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

RELATED TOPICS AND LINKS

  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – The NLRB is the federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act by conducting elections to determine whether or not employees want union representation and investigating and remedying unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
  • The National Mediation Board (NMB) – The NMB is an independent agency that performs a central role in facilitating harmonious labor-management relations within two of the nation’s key transportation modes – the railroads and airlines. Pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, NMB programs provide an integrated dispute resolution process to effectively meet the statutory objective of minimizing work stoppages in the airline and railroad industries.

Volunteers Needed to fight Privatization

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Union members and collective bargaining at the MBTA are under attack and need your help! The Boston Carmen’s Union has organized phone banks and we need volunteers off shift to step up and do your part. Callers will help fellow union members understand the issue and be patched-through to their state legislators to urge them to oppose privatization at the MBTA.

The phone banks are happening every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in June. Here is the full schedule:

Every Tuesday (June 9th, 16th and 23rd) from 9AM to 3PM at ATU Local 589 on 295 Devonshire St # 5 in Boston

Every Wednesday (June 10th, 17th, 24th) from 9:30AM to 6PM at IBEW Local 103 on 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester

Every Thursday (June 11th, 18th and 25th) from 9AM to 3PM at ATU Local 589 on 295 Devonshire St # 5 in Boston

 

Please contact  Jeb Mastandrea of IAM Local 264 at 617-913-9198  to volunteer, or call Mark Flaherty of ATU Local 589 at 617-899-9627 with any questions on the phone banks. Please contact Mass. AFL-CIO Legislative Director John Drinkwater at 781.324.8230 with questions on the legislation.