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Local 689 Responds to GAO Safetrack Report
In the last year, SafeTrack has inconvenienced riders, workers and taxpayers. Now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that the budget for SafeTrack will cost another $40 million dollars, begging the question: where is the additional $40 Million going to come from?
Statement: Requiring Frontline Metro Workers to Report in Snow Storm Undermines Metro GM's Lawsuit
Tomorrow, the position that Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has taken in his recent lawsuit against our union will be thrown to the side. Wiedefeld claims that working seven days makes the system unsafe, yet he will require all front line employees to report to work in anticipation of a snow storm expected to begin tonight. This is hardly the way to create a culture of safety if he believes that working seven days makes the system unsafe. Tomorrow will prove that Wiedefeld’s lawsuit has nothing to do with safety, only control.
Statement on the Federal City Council’s Proposal to Institute An Emergency Control Board
The proposal for a federal control board for WMATA made yesterday by the Federal City Council is yet another thinly veiled attempt to attack Metro’s workers while ignoring the real issue of needed dedicated funding and the federal government failing to contribute to the operating cost of the system.