MBTA Contractors Accused of Stealing at Medford Warehouse
Last Friday, two contractors were arrested under accusations of stealing parts, including cables and copper wire, from a MBTA Medford warehouse. The contractors were employed by Mancon Inc., a private vendor responsible for the T’s warehouse operation management.
In response to the accusations, Mancon Inc. told the press they would fire the two employees if the claims were substantiated.
The value of the stolen materials is still unclear, as the matter is currently under investigation, however, the T management has made clear that any losses will be repaid by the contractor. Luis Ramirez, General Manager of the MBTA told reporters, that they have “notified the contractor that this behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The MBTA’s contract with private vendor, Mancon, Inc. is just one of many attempts to privatize public transit in recent years. In response to Friday’s arrests, union leaders told reporters that the news demonstrated how privatization efforts are “misguided and misinformed.”
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