Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday heard a presentation on funding for regional transit authorities (RTAs) from Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack a day after the Amalgamated Transit Union spread word of a March 20 rally in Worcester “against the level-funding of the 15 Regional Transit Authorities in Massachusetts.”

According to ATU Local 22, the funding level proposed by Baker in his fiscal 2019 budget proposal would cause a “devastating and crippling loss to public transit across the state,” especially Worcester, Springfield, and the Merrimack Valley. The union said a “death spiral is likely to occur” in Worcester if the RTA there is funded at Baker’s proposed level.