Paul Wiedefeld’s proposal for WMATA is bad for riders, bad for workers and bad for the region. Instead of offering real proposals to improve the system and win riders back, Wiedefeld has, once again, pitted riders against workers in an attempt to balance the agency’s budget on the back of WMATA’s hardworking employees. His solution is to outsource services more and more of the system, which will make the system less safe, less reliable, more costly and demoralize the workforce in a race to the bottom.
Last month, we released our proposals to fix WMATA, fund it and make it fair for riders. These proposals included specifics on how to secure the dedicated funding the system desperately needed to bring back riders and improve safety. Mr. Wiedefeld has not reached out to us to discuss our plan. Instead of opening a dialogue with WMATA’s workforce on how to improve service and fix the system, the general manager has chosen to go around our negotiated contract and bargain in bad faith through the media.