To Join Local 689 Email List Click Here
Local 689 Releases Plan For WMATA to "Fund It, Fix It, Make It Fair"
Paul Widefeld's Plan is Bad for Riders, Bad for Workers and Bad for the Region
Paul Wiedefeld’s proposal for WMATA is bad for riders, bad for workers and bad for the region. Instead of offering real proposals to improve the system and win riders back, Wiedefeld has, once again, pitted riders against workers in an attempt to balance the agency’s budget on the back of WMATA’s hardworking employees. His solution is to outsource services more and more of the system, which will make the system less safe, less reliable, more costly and demoralize the workforce in a race to the bottom. Read entire statement here.
ATU Local 689 Statement on Court Ruling for Seyoum Haile to return to work at Metro
ATU Local 689 is pleased with the ruling to reinstate our member Seyoum Haile who was falsely blamed for the L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident on January 15, 2015. We always knew that if the judge followed the law the ruling would uphold the arbitration decision. Read entire statement here.
Press Release: New ‘Alerter’ Armbands No Substitute for Real Flagging Protection on Metro tracks
Last October, FRA investigators were almost killed in a "near miss" incident involving passing trains as they scrambled, almost too late, to get out of the way. Multiple incidents also occurred on six separate days last July and August.
“The so-called alerter armband devices now being tested by WMATA – designed to be worn by track workers assigned to look out for approaching trains - do not offer anything near the protection that would have precluded these ‘near misses’ or ‘close calls,” says ATU International President Larry Hanley. Read entire statement here
Statement: Gov. Larry Hogan's Plan for I-270 is A Relic of the Past
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will announce tomorrow that he will waste $105 million on the “I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project” which will minimally expand some driving lanes, open new weigh stations, and add traffic lights to on-ramps. These plans are hardly innovative and will not ease congestion. Read entire statement here.