Carmens Local 589 – Fall Newsletter

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In This Issue Fighting for You pg 4 Golf Outing pg 6 Annual Bus Roadeo pg 8



Table of Contents 3

President’s Report


Fighting for You


Golf Outing


Annual Bus Roadeo / In Memoriam


Tweets of Praise / Retirees


In the sad event of a Carmen’s member’s passing, we often receive calls and emails from the spouse concerning benefits and what actions they need to take. Here is some information should you need it — please cut out and save.

Health & Welfare Trust Life Insurance Policy $10,000

Contact: Extensive Benefits

(833) 200-6282

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission Life Insurance $5,000

Contact: MBTA Benefits Dept.

(617) 222-3244

ATU Local 589 Funeral Benefit $2,200

Contact: James Bradley FST Local 589

(617) 542-8212

National Group Protection (Supplemental Insurance)

(800) 344-9016

MBTA Retirement Fund

(617) 316-3800



President’s Report A Message from President Jim Evers

Brothers and Sisters, It's almost the end of 2023, and it's been a notable year for Carmen's Union filled with BIG wins and a strong focus on improving the lives of our members. Thanks to your persistent efforts and dedicated support, we have secured a historic new contract with increased wages and improved benefits. We encourage all of our members to review the details of this new contract. See pages 4-5 for more information. Our annual Carmen's Union Golf Tournament was a great success, thanks to blue skies and fantastic members. We are grateful to all of our participating members who helped contribute to building up Local 589’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) fund. See pages 6-7 for highlights of this event. Congratulations to all of our participants in the MBTA's 46th Annual Bus Roadeo! We are grateful for another successful event showcasing the skills and safe practices of our members, while enjoying some friendly competition! Some highlights of this event, as well as the winners, are on page 8.

As always, I want to give a big thank you to you, our members, for staying involved and showing up for yourselves and each other. Your hard work and dedication make us stronger. In solidarity, Jim Evers President



Fighting For You

Our efforts to secure a better contract for our members were rewarded this August. We have continuously fought for better wages and improved benefits, and we are thrilled that your commitment was recognized with the approval of this historic contract. On August 3, the MBTA Board of Directors approved a 4-year, tentative agreement between the MBTA and Carmen's Union Local 589. This contract includes the most significant wage increase in decades and codification of policies to attract and retain employees. "The new contract is a game changer for our public transit system. It's designed to attract top talent, prioritize safety, and ensure that our services remain accessible to all. We know recruitment alone is not enough. The 4-year agreement includes wage increases and longevity bonuses to help us retain our workers," said President Jim Evers in announcing this historic deal.

The members of Carmen's Union Local 589 work every day to keep the city of Boston running. Without your skills, safe practices, and devotion, the public transit system would fall to pieces. We celebrate contract wins, including a starting wage of $30 per hour for bus operators, extensive health benefits, paid training, and immediate fulltime employment.

"I've been a bus operator for 19-plus years. And I know a few of my coworkers have been here a lot longer," said Alix Gaston, a Barn Captain at the Cabot bus garage. "We haven't seen a contract close to this one." Applaud yourselves for this historic win, and let's continue to fight for fair treatment, justice, and equality. Together, we are stronger! Together, we win!





Golf Outing The 2023 Annual Boston Carmen's Union Golf Tournament was held in early September, and it was a beautiful day on the course. After a foggy start, the sun warmed our members as they competed to benefit Local 589's COPE (Committee on Political Education) fund. As a transportation professional, your job, wages, and working conditions are directly linked to politics. By participating in COPE, you can have a direct impact on the political process — from guiding policies on transit funding, privatization, and other issues that affect you to helping elect the public officials who make the decisions. The Brookmeadow Country Club welcomed our members for the day, and we enjoyed an excellent barbecue with our awards ceremony. Thank you to our sponsors, guests, and participating members for making this day a success!





Annual Bus Roadeo

Over 30 bus operators and two teams of machinists participated in the MBTA's 46th Annual Bus Roadeo in September. This event offered an opportunity for our members to showcase their safe driving and vehicle maintenance skills while enjoying some friendly competition. Local 589 President Jim Evers and Vice President Bill Berardino also took part in the event.

Congratulations to our winners: RIAD BERHAB Operator at Charlestown Bus Garage MATT DICECCA, MICHAEL HAYWOOD, AND MICHAEL MAGUIRE Service Technicians at Charlestown & Arlington Ave Maintenance Garages.


In Memoriam Loretta M Adger Paul Bernard Robert E Bond Paul J Bulens Michael D Collins

Stephen M Delaney

William A LaLond

Donald Shepard

Thomas S Desmond

Donna Matney

James J Slattery

Douglas A Harris

Thomas F McCarthy

William A Walsh

Fitzmichael Jean

Anthony R Perry

Robina P White

Paul J Kelley

Ernest Phillips

Janet H Woods

Remembering Robert 'Bobby' Bond Our friend and Local 589 Brother and Barn Captain, Robert 'Bobby' Bond, passed away on July 22, 2023, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 61 years old. Bobby was a longtime MBTA employee and took great pride in being Barn Captain for the MBTA Charlestown Garage. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten by all his loved ones and friends. Thank you, Bobby, for your dedicated service to our union. Rest in peace, brother.




50-Year Members

The following Local 589 members will reach the milestone of having been part of our union for 50 years in 2023. We want to congratulate and thank all of them for their hard work and dedication.

John B Flanagan Jr

John J Walsh

Philip K Vaughan

Gary S Molyneaux

Kenneth C West

William J Harrington

William C Sprague

Peter E Candora

Paul J Flynn

Francis E Tevenan

Benjamin H Gero

Joseph G Kilkelly

David P Walsh

William J Herlihy

Russell J Young

George V Lazzaro


Local 589 wishes the following retiring members of our union the very best.

Jalila L Adams

Thomas J Holmes

Nikki T Ortiz

Maxine Bell

Paula F Honore

Edwin R Pares

Louis Buendia Jr

Alexander Johnson

George A Phillips

Wanda Burnett

Cindy L Johnson

Leroy E Qualls Jr

Richartelin Carius

Henry Johnson

Lu Ann Radcliffe

Quisquella E Castillo

Maureen A Kelsey

Brian A Rumble

Chi Sing Chan

Todd A Kerkorian

Jayda Russ

George H Chase Jr

Aughtney King

Jennifer M Sarro

Wendy L Chrysostom

Tutu Lam-Melanson

Tarsa Simmons

Christine A Cochrane

Jean-Marie LaPommeray

Jessie M Smalls-Dudley

Craig L Costello

Wilfredo Lara

Sheryl Snyder

Bryant S Davis

Gino P Lodola

Richard R Thayer

Dana T DeRosier

Brad M Malin

Ginnette G Valdes

Alfred DiFederico

James L Manley Jr

Philip M Vo

William R Duke

Michael T McDonagh

Whitney W Williams

Paul J Flynn

Daniel M McDonald

John Worth Jr

Christopher Gaffney

Mark McDonough

Sylvester Zeigler

John F Godlewski

Ralph G McKenna

James M. Tucker

Chekesha M Guy

David J O'Brien

Robina P. White

Antrynette J Hobbs

Gerard P O'Keefe


Tweets of Praise


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