On Tuesday, the Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 endorsed State Rep. Dan Ryan for Re-Election to the 2nd Suffolk District.
“It is with great pleasure the Executive Board and Membership of the Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union endorses State Representative Dan Ryan’s candidacy for re-election,” said John Clancy, ATU Local 589 Recording Secretary. “We know Dan will continue to fight for the needs of the working people of Massachusetts and the membership of Local 589.” The Carmen’s Union represents over 5,900 workers at the MBTA, included but not limited to bus, train and trolley drivers.
The Amalgamated Transit Union, of which Local 589 is a part, is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 180,000 members in 270 local unions spread across 46 states and nine provinces.
“I’m grateful to have the endorsement of the men and women who are driving our buses and trains through this pandemic,” said Representative Ryan. “The 2nd Suffolk District relies heavily on public transit and the union members that keep it moving safely and efficiently every single day. I will continue to be a champion for working families on Beacon Hill and ensure these workers, our neighbors and friends, have what they need to do their jobs safely.” This is the latest in a string of labor endorsements Ryan has accumulated recently, they are an affirmation of the work he has accomplished while in the legislature. Rep. Dan Ryan is in his third term as State Representative for the 2nd Suffolk District, which includes Charlestown and a majority of Chelsea. He is a legislative leader in labor issues such as worker safety, employee rights and economic justice. Prior to being elected, Ryan worked on federal labor issues in Congress. He and his wife, Kara, are Boston Public Schools parents raising their three children in Charlestown.