There are dozens of stories, year after year, of incidents where bus and train operators, as well as station managers, have been spat on, slapped, tased, stabbed, and most recently doused with urine. Local 689 understands that transit worker assaults are not only a danger to the workers, but also to the riding public, who are also placed in harm’s way when these incidents occur. When an operator is distracted, their vehicle is attacked with rocks and bullets, or a station manager cannot perform work because they are being assaulted, everyone is in danger.
Following the urine dousing incident on a Metro bus operator last summer, the union began calling on the respective legislatures of D.C., Maryland and Virginia to increase the penalties of transit assaults. Local 689 is happy to support Angel’s bill and is prepared to work for its successful passage.