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Local 689 responds to Metro's dishonest remarks about track maintenance crew sent to Baltimore
February 13, 2018: On February 10 and 11, 2018, a crew of 20 track maintenance workers (pictured), represented by ATU Local 689, and six supervisors, traveled to the Baltimore transit system to perform essential track repair work.
The report by WMATA to the Washington Post that the crew was sent to Baltimore to provide “technical assistance” is a slap in the face to the hard-working crew who traveled to Baltimore at a time that their subway system has been rendered inoperable. Based on Metro’s response, it is clear the people of Baltimore, who depend on their rail system, are more appreciative of the work done by these Metro workers than Metro’s own leadership who instead find it more convenient to scapegoat them when problems arise on the Metro system. Read complete press release here.
Local 689 Response to Metro sending maintenance crew to Baltimore during their subway shutdown
February 12, 2018: The inspection of the Baltimore rail system shows the desperate need for lawmakers to push for more money to be used on repair of all the transit systems in Maryland. Our state’s infrastructure has been poorly neglected. We also find it suspicious that WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld continues to bring in unqualified contractors to fix the Metro system here, while sending our qualified maintenance workers to Baltimore to fix the system he spent two years running as it fell into disrepair. Read entire statement here.
January 27, 2018: Members of ATU Local 689 came out to the state capital to endorse HB 312, a bill designed to increase the penalty of transit assaults in the state of Maryland, at the House Judiciary Committee meeting. Read more here.
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