Whenever I come across someone who tries to blame Local 689 for all of Metro’s problems, I have to remind them that for years we have been calling for an effective safety culture and dedicated funding for our region’s transit system. Securing dedicated funding will make sure that the system gets the much needed maintenance and upgrades it needs to be a world-class system. David Alpert wrote in a Greater Greater Washington (ggwash.com) column in August that the problems at Metro are not just a few people or a department; it is a culture. He is right! And we all know that to change that culture it must begin at the top.
In no uncertain terms, the members of Local 689 want Metro to be a safe, affordable and reliable transit system. So, blaming the front-line workers and calling for our elimination may feel good to some at a particular moment of frustration, but it fails to accomplish anything. Metro needs to work with its workforce, riders and the community to make our system work. We at Local 689 are committed to doing just that. People in the media like Mr. Rousselot don’t have any real solutions that solve problems. To the contrary, people like Rousselot, anti-transit politicians and these crazy accounts on twitter only want to see the problems of Metro get worse or they won't have much to complain about.
Assistant Business Agent for Maintenance and Construction.