Comstock also stated that track workers are paid “substantially more than other systems.” Our research reflects that our track walkers are not paid substantially more, but are on par with their counterparts in New York, Boston and the Bay Area Rail Transit (BART) system, which is the 22nd largest transit system in the nation. This makes her assertion of Metro employees making “substantially more” a complete fabrication and we have the data to support this.
ATU Local 689 has been leading the conversation on changing the safety culture of WMATA for nearly a decade, yet little has actually changed. We are extremely disturbed by the derailment last week and we continue our decade-long call for investment in the system through worker training and development, as well as funding to make the system safe, affordable, and reliable for the customers we serve.
Comstock’s statement yesterday illustrates her choices to misuse her taxpayer-funded congressional resources for campaigning to Donald Trump supporters in her district with fact-free, anti-rider, anti-worker rhetoric. Instead of fighting the workers of Metro, who are challenged with having to do more with less because of inadequate funding to the system, Comstock should be standing with us at Local 689 as we fight for dedicated funding and an effective safety culture.
It is clear that Comstock is not interested in what is best for her constituents, the riding public, the Metro system, or the growth of this region. For that reason, Local 689 is committed to making sure that this will be her first and last term in congress.