Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Just when I'm starting a new job ...

Naturally, the T is going to slow down due to a union conflict.

The president of the Boston Carmen's Union Local 589, Steve MacDougall, said yesterday that his guild has a plan to "impact service" if the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority board fails at its October meeting to find a way to pay back wages the union won in a July arbitration decision.

MacDougall stopped short of saying workers would deliberately slow service down, which would be illegal under collective bargaining rules. 
But the effect could be the same if workers decided to take advantage of all rights they have under their contract and to follow often-overlooked regulations: by calling in sick en masse, refusing overtime shifts, obeying speed limits that require significant slowdowns in advance of subway platforms, and holding buses at every stop until all passengers are seated.