Comstock’s bill includes several sweeping reforms to WMATA's governing structure and labor relations in exchange for an additional $75 million annually from the federal government. The money is essentially being offered as a bribe in order to get stakeholders to go along with the more controversial changes in the bill.
Comstock's bill would cap Metro's annual spending at current levels for the next five fiscal years, meaning employees would be denied raises or cost of living increases for half a decade.
New Metro employees would be shifted from traditional defined-benefit pension plans to defined contribution 401(k) plans. The bill would also encourage WMATA to outsource more of its services to private providers, and limit opportunities to earn overtime on union employees.
In additional to Comstock’s assault on Metro employees, she also presents a proposal to replace the current 16-member board of directors with a 5-member Metro Reform Board. This board would have sweeping powers to unilaterally amend, renegotiate, or void all current and pending union and supplier contracts.The reform board would also have the power to renegotiate current liabilities, which could mean more sweeping pension and employee benefit changes.
Read the official bill from Comstock’s office here.