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Statement on FTA’s Decision to Withhold Transit Funding from WMATA Metrorail Until New Safety Oversight Commission is Formed
Safety of workers and riders is the highest priority for ATU Local 689, and we believe that the jurisdictions should be working to create this safety commission with fierce urgency. However, the creation of this commission cannot and should not be an opportunity for the legislators in DC, Maryland or Virginia to make political plays by pushing through amendments and language that attack workers rights and have nothing to do with safety. With WMATA in a budget and safety crisis, actions attacking workers for the sake of politics is completely unacceptable.
Montgomery County Residents Speak Out Against Metro's "Reality Check" Budget
More than a dozen speakers from the riding public spoke out at the town hall forum coordinated by WMATA employee unions Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2 and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Locals 922 and 639, who collectively represent about 13,000 WMATA employees. Nearly every speaker spoke in strong opposition to the proposals in Montgomery County to completely eliminate three bus lines and eliminate parts of service on two others, as well as increase headway times on subway trains during peak hours. Read More here.