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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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‘A Blatant Attack on Working Families’: House Passes So-Called Health Care ‘Reform’

The American Health Care Act has narrowly passed the House of Representative by a vote of 217-213. Twenty Republicans joined every House Democrat in opposing the bill. The legislation will now move to the Senate for debate. IAM International President … Continue reading

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Why Privatizing MA Public Transit Would be a Disaster for Taxpayers, Workers and Riders

A large crowd descended on MBTA headquarters in downtown Boston on Monday as IAM Local 264 transit mechanics rallied with allies to defend taxpayers, workers and riders against the latest MBTA privatization scheme. Keep Public Transportation Public!! #PrivatizationIsABakerScam#PrivatizationIsAShortsleeveScam#mapoli#mbta pic.twitter.com/DdIvXwX843 — … Continue reading

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T’s new mantra: ‘Cut to invest’

Officials call for halting weekend commuter rail, limiting The RIDE BY Bruce Mohl Commonwealth Magazine STATE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK coined a new term on Monday to summarize the Baker administration’s budget philosophy for the MBTA: “Cut to invest.” In … Continue reading

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A note from President Jim Mastandrea

A note from Local 264 President Jim Mastandrea. Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday’s article by the Boston Globe, to me, is more astonishing then the actual subject of it. For generations, Local 264 has been creating ways to keep buses and … Continue reading

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LePage seeks $7 million bailout for Maine Military Authority

The quasi-governmental business, which once employed more than 500 people refurbishing Humvees and other military vehicles, severely underbid a contract to refurbish Boston transit buses. By Kevin Miller Staff Writer Portland Press Herald. The LePage administration has proposed funneling $7 … Continue reading

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Labor Opponents Already Have The Next ‘Friedrichs’ SCOTUS Case Ready to Go Under Trump

The Supreme Court gave unions an unexpected victory last year when it issued a decision in a case that had threatened to take away the right of public sector unions to collect dues from workers they represent. That win may … Continue reading

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders displays and quotes Donald J. Trump tweets during floor speech on repealing #ACA. Watch full speech from Bernie Sanders

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MBTA did not collect $1.8 million in overdue funds, audit finds

By Michelle Williams | Michelle.Williams@MassLive.com More than $1.8 million is due to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to an audit released by the office of the state Auditor Tuesday. The audit found long overdue account balances have been left … Continue reading

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