MBTA Achieves Historic Labor Agreements with Entire Workforce

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has reached a landmark achievement by successfully negotiating agreements with all 28 of its affiliated labor unions, representing 16 collective bargaining agreements. This accomplishment, the first of its kind since 2009, was realized within 18 months of the Healey-Driscoll Administration taking office and under the leadership of MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng.

Key Highlights:

  • All agreements finalized within one year of negotiations, a significant improvement from previous multi-year processes.
  • Four-year terms for all 16 contracts, ensuring the longest period of labor stability since the 1980s.
  • Enhanced wages and incentives to boost recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Built upon the historic pension agreement with the Carmen’s Union (March 2023) and similar agreement with the Transit Police Association (Fall 2023).
  • The final agreement, ratified with the MBTA Plumbers in June 2024, completes a series of contracts modeled after the August 2023 agreement with the Boston Carmen’s Union, ATU Local 589.

These agreements address long-standing labor concerns and aim to stabilize and expand the MBTA workforce.

These agreements and workforce initiatives mark a turning point for the MBTA, setting the stage for improved service reliability and system modernization. As the MBTA moves forward with a stabilized workforce, it is now better positioned than ever before to meet the evolving transportation needs of the Greater Boston area.

-via Press Release


This article was posted on: July 8, 2024