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Local 689 Responds to Washington Post article, "Metro fights back against allegations of racism: Firings were ‘legitimate’"
One of the most important statements in Martine Powers’ Washington Post article is the allegation by Metro legal representation that one of the track walker supervisors completed and approved track inspection reports that listed the same set of measurements “over and over,” yet there is no allegation that those measurements were incorrect.
Local 689 Responds to divisive remark by WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans regarding Prince George's County
In the July 10th WAMU article “Does Money Talk In D.C.? Council Debates Campaign Finance Reform,” when asked about campaign finance reform, WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans was quoted saying:
“I don’t disagree with the perception, but the reality is not there,” said Evans, who has taken money from Fort Myer and other businesses seeking city contracts. He dismissed the argument that such contributions sway how legislators act. “This isn’t Prince George’s County,” he said. In response, ATU Local 689 releases the following statement:
ATU Local 689, the largest union of WMATA, representing more than 7,000 members and their families in Prince George’s County, find the Chairman’s remarks to be divisive, insulting, and disrespectful.
At this critical time for WMATA, insulting elected officials, and the constituents who support them, by implying that Prince George’s County officials are corrupted by political donations more than the District of Columbia is not helpful, and the coded language is not lost on us. As the head of the Metro board, Chairman Evans has a responsibility to work towards collaboration and consensus among the jurisdictions that Metro serves. On this day, where the Metro board planned to take a preliminary vote on extending his term as chairman, our union calls upon Evans to apologize to the people of Prince George’s County and cease his divisive language immediately, or step aside to allow WMATA to have a leader who is willing to unify and take the system forward.