Boston mechanics and allies rallied outside MBTA headquarters earlier this morning.
MBTA officials held a vendor pre-bid meeting to release information about MBTA’s bus maintenance facilities. This information was presented to all private corporations/bidders submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to take over bus maintenance work at bus maintenance facilities in Lynn, Quince, and Boston.
MBTA mechanics recently offered Gov. Charlie Baker and his transit administration $29 million in savings. The mechanics have not heard back from Baker on their proposal.
“Gov. Baker broke his promise to not privatize MBTA services,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “This broken promise will hurt Boston’s working families. They aren’t just fighting for decent wages, and benefits either, they’re fighting to protect their pensions to guarantee the right to retire with dignity. The best mechanics in the world are fighting to protect the riders, the communities, and the taxpayers.”
More than 450 mechanics, fuelers, and other skilled professionals united in IAM Local 264 proudly contribute to the operation of the MBTA and their communities every day.
For more information on the privatization of three bus maintenance garages-