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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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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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FMCB board greenlights fare collection bid process.

Via Commonwealth Magazine By Bruce Mohl. THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday gave the transit agency’s staff a green light to put out a request for proposals for companies to design, build, finance, operate, maintain, and manage a new automated … Continue reading

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Baker: ‘Acts of God’ justify fine waivers for Keolis.

Via Commonwealth Magazine. By Jack Sullivan. GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said waiving the fines against Keolis for “acts of God” during the brutal winter of 2015 was the right thing to do but insisted the commuter rail operator has been held … Continue reading

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