Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rogers Statement on IAM Lodge 264 MBTA Mechanics Victory

Public transit should be a public good and by preventing the costly privatization of bus safety and maintenance operations, the mechanics have scored a major victory for workers, riders, and taxpayers. The Greater Boston Labor Council was proud to stand with the mechanics and the many riders, community groups, elected leaders, and others who supported this cause in the name of promoting investment and defending the interests of workers and riders at the MBTA. This proves that maintaining and investing in a quality workforce like the mechanics is a necessary part of getting the MBTA back on track. Investment and collaboration are the answers, not handing over more pieces of our public transit system to private companies with questionable track records.” – RICH ROGERS, SECRETARY-TREASURER, GREATER BOSTON LABOR COUNCIL