Boston Carmen’s Union Salutes Operators on Transit Driver Appreciation Day, March 18

March 18, 2016

Carmen's UnionMedical emergencies, helping victims, experiencing attacks, working through freezing cold and snow storms – MBTA bus and subway drivers (transit operators) have pretty much seen it all. Yet, day-in and day-out, they make sure that passengers are getting where they need to go.

Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, and Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589, of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), salutes MBTA bus and subway drivers (transit operators) not only for the vital service they perform, but for the many extra acts of help and kindness they perform every day.

“The members of the Boston Carmen’s Union come to work every day to make sure our passengers are getting where they need to go,” said James O’Brien, President of the Boston Carmen’s Union 589. “The dedicated men and women operating the buses and trains, repairing the tracks, and ensuring the buses and subways are up and running are an essential part of the MBTA system and I thank them for their hard work and service to our riders.”

The Carmen’s Union, and the entire ATU, also recognize the mechanics and personnel who support these operators for their hard and often unappreciated work each day getting riders safely to and from work, school, the doctor, religious services and perform other vital daily tasks.

If you haven’t thanked your MBTA bus or subway driver recently – today is a great day to do so.

We commend the professionalism that members bring to the job, and hope passengers will join the ATU and the Carmen’s Union in thanking them for the great work that they do.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day was conceived in 2009 by transit riders in Seattle as a way to honor the many hard-working men and women who keep us all moving safely each and every day. More information can be found at the Transit Driver Appreciation Day website and the Transit Driver Appreciation Day Facebook page.


About the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589
Founded in 1912, the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589 is the largest of 28 unions with members employed by the MBTA. Over 4,100 MBTA employees are members of the Carmen’s Union, including: Bus Divers, Train (Subway) and Trolley Operators, Maintenance of Way and Repairmen, Money Room Employees, and Automated Fare Collection (AFC) Technicians, Customer Service Agents (CSA), Dispatchers, and Clerks. Local 589 is part of the Amalgamated Transit Union, comprised of over 180,000 transit workers across the United States and Canada.

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