December 2017 Officer Election
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Statement from ATU Local 689 President Jackie Jeter on release of LaHood report
Former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s report acknowledges two fundamental realities: Metro is at a breaking point and workers are not to blame for the financial problems the authority faces. The report looked at transit authorities across the country and found that hourly compensation when compared to the region’s cost of living was average for WMATA employees. It also found that WMATA’s “all-in” labor costs per hour have been average when compared to peer transit agencies and that retirement benefits were actually less generous than the industry standard. Any further cuts to the wages, benefits and retirement security of frontline employees would make it even tougher for these hardworking men and women to make ends meet in one of our country’s most expensive regions. Read entire statement here.
D.C. Streetcar workers, ministers and community to declare privatization of the D.C. Streetcar is SPOOKY and must end at Halloween morning rally
The members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, who make up the front-line workforce of the D.C. Streetcar, are fed up with the France-based private company RATP short -changing its workers with uncompetitive wages and unaffordable healthcare. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. D.C. Streetcar Headquarters, 2550 Benning Rd. NE, Washington D.C. 20002. Read advisory here.
WMATA: Fund It, Fix It, Make It Fair