Metro continues to put the fatigue policy to the side when it suits them. Most recently, Metro disregarded the fatigue policy when it forced all Metro workers to work on Inauguration weekend without regard to it being their seventh day of work. Even those who did not volunteer to work overtime were required to work, regardless of how it would affect their family or personal needs.
By cutting service and decreasing manpower, Metro is harming the public while Local 689 members are VOLUNTARILY putting in the extra hours to make up for the lacking of leadership to adequately staff the system. If the members of Local 689 choose to no longer sign up for voluntary overtime it is not illegal and it is wrong for the General Manager to imply otherwise. Our members make the sacrifices of working seven days because they understand how essential reliable transit is to our riders, but they will not be disrespected while volunteering to make up for Metro’s lack of real leadership.
The safety of our members and the riding public is the top priority for Local 689. Metro and Weidefeld should be honest and tell the public that this court case is being brought to deny workers their fair and negotiated pay, it is not about safety. We stand ready to partner with Metro in any way to improve the safety of the Metro system and it is our sincere hope that Metro leadership will join us in taking Metro “2” great, especially in safety.