Carmen's Local 589 Summer 2022 Newsletter

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Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Subway



Table of Contents


President’s Report


Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Subway


Election Updates & Information


Tweets of Praise / In Memoriam


Member Spotlight

10 Retirees / 50 Year Members 11 Labor Day


PENSION AWARD INFORMATION The content of this newsletter was written prior the arbitrator’s award on the pension. As of the date of publishing, the Executive Board is aware of the arbitrator’s award and is working on finding a resolution swiftly. Updates will be made in real time at monthly union meetings, on the Local 589 website, and in future newsletters. For pension concerns or information, please contact the union hall or your delegate.

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 $1,200

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope all of you had a very happy Labor Day! Unions have won important victories for all workers, and we continue to fight every day for things like higher wages and safer working conditions. When unions are strong, America is strong! Everyone deserves a safe place to work. As we all know, there have been several safety incidents over the past few months. I would like to take a moment to address these issues: The safety of our membership and the riding public will always be the number one priority for Local 589. Union leadership has been continually engaged with representatives of the FTA and NTSB about these matters. We have also been working with government agencies to implement changes to make the job safer. Throughout this entire process, we have been engaged in discussions and negotiations with

your voice counted by registering to vote and then getting out to the polls!

MBTA management. The union is actively

I want to thank the members of Carmen's Local

working to get institutional changes made

589 for the hard work and dedication that form

which will immediately improve the safety of

the backbone of our union. When you’re in a

our members. These include the reintroduction

union, you’re not alone. Together, we will keep

of certain work classifications that have been

moving forward and supporting our brothers,

inactive for years.

our sisters, and our communities.

Changing public policy to improve workers’

In solidarity,

safety also means electing pro-union, pro-labor

Jim Evers

candidates who will fight to protect working


families in Massachusetts. Make sure to have

Boston Carmen's Union Local 589



Celebrating 125 Years of the Boston Subway

Boston prides itself on being a city of firsts.

lines, but in London, the tube used coal-powered

Among our many historic accomplishments is

steam trains that left riders covered in soot.

having the first subway in America. The Tremont Street Subway, part of today’s Green Line, opened on September 1st, 1897, and will turn 125 years old this year.

To alleviate the concerns of subterranean travel, the Boston Transit Commission painted the tunnel walls white and installed lights that illuminated both the stations and the tunnels

By the late 1800s, the need for better

between them. Additionally, the electric traction

transportation in Boston was clear. Streets were

motor, invented by Frank Sprague and already

packed with pedestrians, horses, pushcarts, and

in use to power the above-ground trolleys in

streetcars. It was often quipped that one could

Boston, gave the city the ability to run a clean,

walk on the roofs of the trolleys from Park Street

hospitable, and cutting-edge system.

to Scollay Square faster than it would take to ride them.

On its opening day in 1897, the Tremont Street Subway was considerably smaller than it is today.

To solve this problem, Boston envisioned a

With a portal in the Public Garden, it included

tunnel beneath downtown to clear the streets

two stations: Boylston & Park Street. The first

and speed up the trolleys.

car entered the subway early in the morning on

The concept of underground travel was largely unheard of at the time. London, Glasgow, and Budapest had already built underground train

September 1. The trolley from Allston, operated by Motorman James Reed and his conductor Gilman Trufant, completed the short trip to Park Street without issue.


Some riders were skeptical about traveling

underground, especially those who were concerned by the relocation of a Revolutionary War cemetery during the construction of

its opening day! As America’s first subway, the Tremont Street subway is not only the oldest subway tunnel in North America but also the third oldest still in use worldwide today. In its 125 years of service, the Subway has grown, with extensions to: • The Pleasant Street portal in 1897 (closed 1962) •

Scollay Square (now Government Center), Adams Square (demolished 1963), and Haymarket (relocated in 1971) in 1898

Copley & Massachusetts Avenue (now Hynes) in 1914

Kenmore (and the Comm Ave & Beacon Street portals) in 1932

Mechanics (now Prudential) & Symphony in 1941

Boylston Station, but fears quickly subsided and over 100,000 people rode the new subway on


• The Highland Branch portal in 1959 •

and most recently to the new North Station in 2004.

Additionally, the Tremont Street Subway briefly played host to rapid transit trains from the Main Line Elevated (today’s Orange Line) from 1901 until the Washington Street Subway was finished in 1908. On this historic anniversary, we celebrate all who have dedicated their time to working on the Tremont Street subway, past and present. Thank you for keeping Boston connected!



Election Updates & Information Massachusetts held its primary election on September 6. Many of our endorsed candidates won their races. We want to wish a special congratulations to: Maura Healey, for Governor Kim Driscoll, for Lieutenant Governor William Galvin, for Secretary of State Diana DiZoglio, for State Auditor Chris lannella, for Governor's Council Kevin Hayden, for Suffolk County District Attorney Paul Feeney, for State Senator in Bristol & Norfolk Liz Miranda, for State Senator in 2nd Suffolk

Chynah Tyler, for State Rep. in 7th Suffolk Tommy Vitolo, for State Rep. in 15th Norfolk Christopher Worrell, for State Rep. in 5th Suffolk Thank you to all our members who got out the vote and made these wins possible. But our work isn't done. With the primary season over, it's time to prepare for the general election in November. We need to unite behind candidates at every level of the ballot who will stand up for unions and the working people we represent. It's never too early to make your plan to vote. Remember these key dates:

Susan Moran, for State Senator in Plymouth & Barnstable

• October 22 – November 4, 2022:

Patrick O’Connor, for State Senator in 1st Plymouth & Norfolk

• October 29, 2022: Deadline to register to vote

Rebecca Rausch, for State Senator in Norfolk, Worcester & Middlesex

• November 1, 2022: Deadline to apply for a

Walter Timilty, for State Senator in Norfolk, Plymouth & Bristol

• November 8, 2022: Election Day! Polls open

Bruce Ayers, for State Rep. in 1st Norfolk Simon Cataldo, for State Rep. in 14th Middlesex Tackey Chan, for State Rep. in 2nd Norfolk Jessica Giannino, for State Rep. in 16th Suffolk Ken Gordon, for State Rep. in 21st Middlesex

Early voting open

mail-in ballot

from 7 am – 8 pm Elections impact everything from public transportation to our children's education. Make sure that your vote — and your voice — is heard in November. See you at the polls!

James Murphy, for State Rep. in 4th Norfolk Lindsay Sabadosa, for State Rep. in 1st Hampshire Aaron Saunders, for State Rep. in 7th Hampden Tom Stanley, for State Rep. in 9th Middlesex

Visit to find your polling location and other essential voting information.


Tweets of Praise

In Memoriam Eddie C. Dean




Rhea DeSilva Member Spotlight

Quick action can prevent disaster. Just ask Green Line operator Rhea DeSilva, who has been a member of Local 589 for almost three years. She started her career with the MBTA after her sister, an MBTA bus driver for over a decade, encouraged her to apply.

The Broken Track on Packard's Corner

On April 10, 2022, Rhea was working an ordinary late-night shift when she noticed something

After spotting the broken rail, Rhea tried but

wrong with the rails while passing through

couldn't get a hold of her dispatcher. "I flag

Packard's Corner. "I always look at my rail when

down an operator who comes along," she

I'm working," she points out. "It's one of the

recalls, "and sure enough, Jarvis, whom I

first things they teach you—always look at your

worked with at Mattapan, is coming forward. I

rail, read your rail, make sure you're going

said I think the track is broken back there, so

in the right direction, make sure there are no

don't go over it, pull up to it, take a look at it,

defects in the rail."

and call OCC."



If Rhea hadn't acted quickly and flagged down

The training Rhea received has helped make her

her fellow operator, Jarvis Holloman-Slash, there

into one of many skilled operators who work for

could have been a major derailment. "I'm happy

the MBTA. "We're all very skilled operators," she

we're able to prevent any kind of derailment to

notes. "I think about what we do daily. Driving

that particular area," she says, "because that

that thing is not easy. Keeping the city moving,

street is so busy, and we get a lot of people

pushing people all day every day is not an easy

coming in and out from that area, so that was

job, and we do it."

good work."

Rhea explains why she's so proud to work for

Rhea credits the training she received from her

MBTA: "We get people home, we get people

instructor, Rich Austin, for giving her the tools

to pick up their kids at the end of the day, we

she needed to successfully prevent a derailment,

get them to the hospitals, we get them to

"My instructor was amazing. He gave us the tools

where they need to go on a daily basis. When

in our bag to get us going, even though we

I look back on it, our service to the city, it's

didn't necessarily get to practice certain tools

really great."

during training. You only have a certain amount of time to respond, and he gave us all those tools to build upon."

Thank you to Rhea and all members of Local 589 for the amazing service you provide every day!



50-Year Members James W. Pierce Jr.

Jay D. Townley

Peter J. Lydon

Thomas D. Harney

James M. Ellis

William R. DeWolfe

Stephen J. Green

Kevin T. Castater

Albert D. Williams

William A. Romasco

Paul J. Brown

James G. McDonald

Louis E. Palmieri

Richard J. Osetek

Martin M. Griffin

Ritchie W. Murray Jr.

Richard M. Murphy

Richard L. Gordon

McArthur Jackson

Paul J. Lynch

William F. Bernier III

Rickie Dillard

Paul W. Hoyt

Nicholas G. Orlandino

Warren F. Totty

Leonard C. MacRina

Charles L. Shea

Kevin J. Lovely

Edward K. McGeever

Joseph P. Larcano

Bobby R. Edwards

Joseph W. King

James G. Duddy

Michael G. Hawker

James V. Compagnone

Thomas F. Connolly

Phillip D. Brooks

William F. Collins Jr.

Steven J. Niak

Retirees June


Laura A. Drayton

Helen E. Mina

Cheryl V. Monroe Jose M. Pires



Labor Day Article Happy Labor Day to all Boston Carmen's Union members! Like every generation since Labor Day was first celebrated in the late 1800s, we take this time to honor the American workers who keep our economy moving — and the labor movement that has made a better life possible for all Americans. Working conditions in 1800s America were grim. People would work 12 hours a day, up to 7 days

Day, we do know that McGuire and Maguire both attended the New York City parade with 10,000

a week, in unsafe settings. Children, sometimes

other American workers.

as young as 5, were forced to work the same

While New York was the first state to hold a

long hours for a fraction of the pay. Immigrant workers often faced discrimination on top of these conditions. Labor unions had already existed since the late

celebration, Oregon became the first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday in 1887 officially. Massachusetts and other states soon followed, establishing the holiday on the first

1700s but began to grow more vocal for change.

Monday in September.

Strikes to protest poor working conditions soon

Workers continued to strike for better conditions.

swarmed the nation in the following decades after the Civil War. Peter J. McGuire, the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, proposed a celebration honoring American workers to the Central Labor Union of New York. As a result,

Congress attempted to mend relations with workers by passing a bill making Labor Day a federal holiday, which was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on June 28, 1894. 128 years later, Labor Day is still celebrated with parades and other festivities as a reminder of the

on September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day was

value of the American worker.

celebrated with a parade through the streets

As the country's workforce continues to grow

of New York City. McGuire isn't the only person credited as the father of Labor Day. Historians believe Matthew Maguire may have also proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. Though we may not know who first came up with the idea of Labor

and evolve, labor unions will continue to fight for a better quality of life for working families. Unions provide a collective voice and bargaining power. As Labor Day reminds us of the contributions of the American workforce, we are also reminded of the role, and power unions play in the country's workforce.

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