ATU Local 689 has taken 16 electronic device policy discharges in front of an independent arbitrator with the belief that the unique circumstances should not have risen to discharge. Among them was a bus operator who had a phone on his person (not using it) because his wife was in her 9th month of a difficult pregnancy that had the potential to be a medical emergency. The arbitrator still held up the Metro’s decision to terminate. Local 689 has lost every case taken to an arbitrator for violation of the policy.
ATU Local 689 is calling on Metro to utilize its workforce first as a cost-saving measure and to protect the riding public. Failure to do so will present, again, that the leadership of Metro headed by Mr. Wiedefeld, is not committed to a safe ride for Metro’s passengers.