April 16, 2014

MBCR GM knows who does the heavy lifting

BOSTON — Have you ever thought it would be nice to hear an employer give credit to the front-line workers who do the heavy lifting? Well, such long overdue recognition came from Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) General Manager Hugh Kiley Jr. March 1, and he should know it didn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. In reporting [...]

UTU, BLET ratify pacts on MBCR

BOSTON — UTU-represented conductors and assistant conductors on Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) have ratified a four-year agreement covering wages, benefits and working conditions. The agreement is retroactive to July 2009, and may be reopened for amendment in July 2013 under provisions of the Railway Labor Act. BLET-represented engineers on MBCR also ratified a new [...]

UTU, MBCR in tentative conductor agreement

BOSTON — Some 450 UTU-represented conductors and assistant conductors on Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) have a tentative new agreement covering wages, benefits and working conditions.A ratification vote is currently underway, with ballots to be counted March 17. The tentative four-year agreement is retroactive to July 2009, and may be reopened for amendment in July [...]

PEB likely on Boston commuter rail

BOSTON – A coalition of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) unions, including those representing clerks, carmen, supervisors, signalmen and shopcraft workers, have been released by the National Mediation Board (NMB) from mediation. The release paves the way for appointment of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to make settlement recommendations for a wage, benefits and work-rules contract [...]