Five top officers at the Boston Carmen’s Union have retired from the MBTA so far this year, cashing in on their pensions just as the retirement system is facing pressure from the Baker administration and lawmakers to consider trimming benefits or making other changes to bolster its financial health. James O’Brien, president of Carmen’s Local 589, retired as of March 1, according to pension data made public by the transit authority.
Nearly a year after the head of the MBTA pension fund resigned, the board has yet to name a permanent replacement, even as it faces mounting pressure to address the system’s uncertain financial future. “We’ve encouraged them to get going on hiring an executive director,’’ said Brian Shortsleeve, acting head of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The pension board’s spokesman, Steve Crawford, declined to comment on the search for a new executive director.
The state Senate this week approved a budget amendment that would create a commission to review the troubled MBTA pension fund. Under the measure, passed unanimously late Thursday and made public Saturday, an 11-member panel would be established to conduct a rigorous review of the $1.5 billion retirement fund for transit workers, which the T has predicted will need $1 billion in additional funding over the next 18 years.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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