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Statement from Local 689 On WMATA Calling For the Elimination of 500 Jobs
Today Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689’s leadership learned of a leaked memorandum from General Manager Paul Wiedefeld calling for elimination of 500 WMATA positions for the 2018 fiscal year budget. Local 689’s president Jackie L. Jeter was made aware of this issue after speaking with Wiedefeld late last week.
As Metro’s largest union, representing rail and bus operators, station managers, maintenance and clerical workers of this system, we understand the necessity of our positions, especially at this critical time for WMATA. We also understand the financial challenges of the system, which is why we have and continue to support dedicated funding that will keep Metro funded without the interference of political battles. Read more here.
Open Letter Calling on WUSA9 to Include ATU Local 689 in its Metro Town Hall This Thursday
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, the largest union of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees, representing more than 8,000 operations, clerical and maintenance employees of the system, is publicly calling on WUSA9 and WMATA to include participation from this union at the “Mission: Metro Town Hall Meeting” this Thursday. Read complete letter here.