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DON’T GET #COMSTUCK BARBARA COMSTOCK MUST GO!
The famous American poet Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Truer words could not be spoken when it comes to Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. She is a Republican in U.S. Congress who has made it clear that she is in no way interested in what is in the best interest of the Metro transit system or its workforce. For those reasons, Local 689 has a responsibility to work as hard as it can to make sure she is not re-elected. Read blog post here.
UPDATE: Campaign Wins “Tiny” Burke’s Job Back
Our ATU brother, Circulator driver “Tiny” Burke has his job back, thanks to an aggressive campaign by ATU and allies. First Transit had fired Burke, a union shop steward and the face of the Circulator campaign, earlier this month (“Vengeful” First Transit Fires DC Circulator Union Activist) after DC Circulator workers won wage parity and safer buses earlier this year. After an online petition campaign and a flash rally last week, First Transit “caved to the pressure and just agreed to bring Tiny back to work!” reported ATU’s Elana Kessler on Tuesday. “This is an amazing turnaround after the company appeared to be so set on making an example of Tiny.”
Protect Virginia Constitution, Vote NO on Proposal 1 November 8!
A Constitutional Amendment to elevate pieces of Virginia’s right to work law passed both chambers of the General Assembly this session and will head to the ballot in November for voters’ to decide. We oppose this measure for any number of reasons, but most importantly, that it does nothing to address the real needs of Virginia’s working families. Read more here.