Now that Mark D’Angelo has resigned from his appointed role as MBTA Labor Relations Department Director, at the tune of $240,000, who was hand-picked by Gov. Charlie Baker’s management team at the MBTA. Not to mention, Mark D’Angelo salary was twice the amount of the previous director, an experienced labor attorney, a regular full-time employee, and a woman.
A lot of people have asked me how something like this could happen — a little back story.
When the MBTA was given a three-year waiver from the obligations of the Taxpayer Protection Act (Pacheco Law), a law designed to protect the taxpayer from frivolous government spending of tax dollars; MBTA unions were undermined, with the suspension, while private temporary workers, contractors, and consultants came in and were exempt from transparency requirements and legitimate oversight.
As progressives, we need to highlight issues like this to take back the corner office along with standing with our union brothers and sisters in solidarity. We need to champion that Baker cannot be trusted in managing or fixing the MBTA!
We can’t take the next election for granted.