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Local 689 Responds to Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Yesterday's NTSB Report
Yesterday a disturbing report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was released on the July 29, 2016 Metro Rail derailment that highlighted serious problems in Metro’s safety culture. In response, one-term Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) took the opportunity to ignore the safety issues in the report and attack Metro’s track workers with all-out lies and fabricated statements with no supporting data. It is clear that Comstock is willing to say anything to get the votes of her right-wing Donald Trump-supporting constituents in this campaign season, even if it means deceiving the constituency with inaccurate statements. Read entire statement here.
“Fix it! Fund It! Now!” Local 689 Rallies for Respect and Dedicated Funding
Fix it! Fund It! Now!” was the rallying call of more than 700 ATU Local 689 members and their allies in the standing room only rally at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Saturday, July 30. The July 29th shut down of Metrorail’s Orange and Silver Lines dramatically underlined the need for dedicated funding that was the focus of Saturday's already-planned rally organized by ATU Local 689.
“They talk about us in a bad light, and everyone I know in the track department feels that it’s not fair to us,” said Marlow Franklin, a Metro worker and Local 689 member. “We would like for the politicians and WMATA to appreciate what we’re doing.” Read entire article here.