The Boston Carmen's Union, Local 589, vowed yesterday to fight any requirement to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination without something in return from the T.
Local President Jim Evers responded to Gov. Baker's executive order yesterday requiring tens of thousands of state workers - although not workers at authorities, such as the MBTA - to show proof of vaccination by mid-October:
By no means are we agreeing to these terms without negotiation and will continue to fight on your behalf.
Throughout this pandemic, we have played an essential role in transporting frontline workers (police, firefighters, nurses, health care providers, grocery workers, and other vital professions) throughout the state to their jobs.
We are committed to protecting your interests, your safety, and that of your family. We will enter into dialogue with state and MBTA officials, but only if they are prepared to work with us.
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