There's a lot more Charlie than Charlene at the T


In honor of Equal Pay Day, MassFiscal requested payroll records broken down by gender from the MBTA’s two largest unions, the Carmen’s Union and Machinists Union Local 264 Boston.

The two unions dominate the MBTA, and unsurprisingly, they are run by a largely male workforce. Of the top ten union positions, men filled majority of the positions. In fact, for four of the ten most populous job categories, women made up less than ten percent of the workforce.

Amongst Repairers, only one woman is employed in the 312 positions available (less than .05%). Amongst 1,368 Surface Operators, the most common job included in the two unions, only 27 percent are women.

Overall, men accounted for 76 percent of the workforce, earning a sum of $177,676,532 in wages for 2,517 positions, while women account for 24 percent of the workforce, earning a sum of $52,402,771 in wages for the 784 positions.

 For a more complete breakdown, see below.


MassFiscal Calls on State Rep. DuBois to Follow the Law

Today, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance requested the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) to review the campaign committee of State Rep. Michelle DuBois and her use of a PayPal account that appears to be in violation of state campaign finance law. Below is a copy of our letter to OCPF with the supporting attachments.

March 30, 2017


Michael Sullivan, Director

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

One Ashburton Pl # 411

Boston, MA 02108


Dear Mr. Sullivan,


On behalf of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, I request OCPF to review the campaign committee of State Rep. Michelle DuBois and her use of a PayPal account that appears to be in violation of state campaign finance law. (See State Rep. DuBois’ PayPal here: and below).

OCPF’s regulations require that a political committee that solicits contributions using PayPal must request occupation and employer information from contributors giving $200 or more in a year before directing the contributors to the PayPal site. In addition, the website must require contributors to certify, with an affirmative action, that they are responsible for making payments on the credit card and that the contributor’s personal funds will be the true source of the contributions. (See November 29, 2011 Agency Action Letter: It appears Rep. DuBois’ PayPal site is in violation of both requirements.

In response to OCPF’s review of a similar case (see November 2011 Agency Review), if the committee did not receive affirmative replies for the contributions in question, those contributions must be refunded. Such contributions must be returned as part of restitution, as the monies constitute an illegal advantage.

On behalf of the members of The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, thanks so much.



Paul Diego Craney

Executive Director

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance








Welcome Paul McCormick to the MFA Team

MassFiscal welcomes Paul McCormick Jr. to the team as the new Deputy Finance Director. Paul previously worked at Fidelity Investments, with corporate retirement and benefit plans. He’s a political animal, though, with great campaign credentials. 

Paul graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in Criminal Justice. While at Suffolk he was president of the SU Republicans and an officer with the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. He headed into Suffolk with an armload of credits from Cape Cod Community College, where he represented students on the Board of Trustees.

Carl Copeland, our political director, has a great eye for talent. Carl met Paul over the summer, when Paul was managing a State Senate race. He’s worked on a number of other races as well, including those of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. No stranger to local politics, Paul is from Dennis, where his father is the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. We welcome him to our team. 


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