Union officials arrested protesting outside MBTA money room

Members of the Local 589 executive committee were arrested Thursday morning

BOSTON (AP) — Seven members of a union protesting the proposed privatization of the Boston-area transit system’s cash handling operation have been arrested.

A spokeswoman for the Carmen’s Union says the members of the Local 589 executive committee were arrested Thursday morning and charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.

About 100 picketers assembled outside the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s so-called “money room” to prevent workers and armored cars from entering.

The MBTA plans to recommend to its fiscal control board on Thursday that Virginia-based Brink’s be awarded a five-year, $18.7 million contract to oversee the Charlestown facility.

An outside review found widespread security issues at the facility that collects and counts an estimated $119 million in cash annually.

The Carmen’s Union, which represents more than 4,100 MBTA workers, opposes outsourcing.

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