The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, the largest union of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees, representing more than 8,000 operations, clerical and maintenance employees of the system, is publicly calling on WUSA9 and WMATA to include participation from this union at the “Mission: Metro Town Hall Meeting” this Thursday.
On June 22, WUSA9 announced that it will present “Mission: Metro Town Hall Meeting,” and described it as “a town hall that will feature politicians, Metro officials, riders and transportation experts who will examine safety concerns, funding needs, law enforcement issues and transportation concerns.” To date, ATU Local 689 has not been asked to participate. WMATA has a history of holding conversations about the problems of Metro without talking to and with its workforce and this is undoubtedly how the system has found itself in disrepair and must stop.
In your June 22 statement, WUSA9 and WMATA claimed their partnership would be “focused on finding solutions to the problems facing Metro.” This is not a conversation that can happen without talking to the front-line workers of the system.
WUSA9 and WMATA, please correct this problem immediately by contacting ATU Local 689 Communications Coordinator David Stephen at 301-568-6899.