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Metro Worker's Union applauds Bowser's fare evasion bill veto
ATU Local 689 applauds Mayor Bowser’s rejection of the D.C. Council’s decriminalization of fare evasion bill. Our union's membership is made up of more than 80% people of color. We are mindful of the disproportionate effect of fare evasion citations, but we do not believe that inviting theft is a reasonable way to resolve this issue. Read entire statement here.
Jack Evans is the problem, not Metro employee pensions
Washington D.C. - January 10, 2019: In response to WMATA Chairman Jack Evans comments at the WMATA Board meeting today, ATU Local 689 President Raymond Jackson issues the following statement:
“At today's WMATA board meeting, Chairman Jack Evans said the unfunded pension liability at WMATA is impeding the system's future. What Evans failed to admit is that he is the reason for the pension fund's liability." Read entire statement here.
Jennifer Boysko wins Virginia Special Election
The Virginia state Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton will remain in Democratic hands after progressive state Del. Jennifer B. Boysko beat former Republican delegate Joe T. May in a special election Tuesday. ATU Local 689 joined the Virginia labor community in endorsing her candidacy and we congratulate her on her win!
President Jackson: WMATA loaning employees to a private contractor is costing the taxpayers more money
Lorton, Va. - January 4, 2019: “WMATA deceived the public when they said that bringing in a private contractor to the new Cinder Bed Road bus garage would control costs for the system. That is not what is happening.
“Less than a week after the French company TransDev took over the Cinder Bed Road bus garage, WMATA is loaning them employees because they are short staffed. Bringing in TransDev has already cost the riding public $89 million and is now taking resources away from the system." Read more here.
Remembering Our Deceased Local 689 Brothers and Sisters.
WMATA: Fund It, Fix It, Make It Fair