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Barbara Comstock lied
Forestville, Md. – October 11, 2018: Last night, Virginia 10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock made a statement to the press where she blatantly lied about the arbitration decision to rehire a Track Inspector Supervisor to Metro when she falsely stated that he approved falsified inspection reports. The person making false statements is her.
An independent arbitrator ruled that the track inspector supervisor did not approve falsified reports, but was “[scapegoated] by the Authority for a widespread failing,” where WMATA management chose to give track inspectors poor training and instruction. As a lawmaker, Mrs. Comstock should know the importance of due process, yet she chose to ignore it to further her political agenda that will soon be over. Read entire release here.
Metro continues to waste money and ignores workers
Alexandria, Va. – October 11, 2018: Against the warning of union leaders and workers, highly-skilled rail mechanics at Alexandria rail yard are being instructed to clean rail cars in another case of wasteful spending and ignoring workers by WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, who is paid $425,000 + benefits annually. Read entire release here.
ATU Local 689 vindicated with arbitration decision to rehire track supervisor
October 10, 2018: In an arbitration decision damning the leadership at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), a neutral arbitrator sided with ATU Local 689 to rehire a Track Inspector Supervisor, with backpay, for what the arbitration panel called “[scapegoating] by the Authority for a widespread failing” that lead to the 2016 derailment of a Metro Rail car at East Falls Church. Read release here.
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