Get Ready Washington D.C.
D.C. has a new Mayor and some newly elected councilpersons. The D.C. Cope committees, which consist of labor unions within the metro area, met with some newly elected office holders in December. They were very appreciative for the help from labor for help in getting them elected. They also committed to helping on issues of transit, education, building trades and housing, just to name a few. Their one ask of the committee was to have our members come out to their respective hearings on those issues. Electing them is only part of the solution. The councilpersons need to see and hear public support on the issues they raise, especially the newly elected councilpersons.
GET READY TO GET INVOLVED 689. The union will be calling on you to come out to hearings, whether they are neighborhood, full committee or rallies.
Get Ready Maryland.
You know by now, Maryland has a new Governor who happens to be a Republican. Under Governor O’Malley’s administration, Local 689 have been putting in our bid for the operation of the Purple Line, which is due to start construction in 2015 and could take up to five (5) years for completion. The International and Local 689 have met with the current administration and the only understanding we came away with was it would be a Private-Public Partnership (P3).
We also need to partner with Local 1300, our neighboring local in Baltimore. They will be bidding for a light rail system call the Red Line and together we will probably have a political fight on our hands with the new Governor. Together we can take a stand and make difference. GET READY TO GET INVOLVED 689. When the Union calls for you to do your part to attend hearing rallies or write your representative.
Get Ready Virginia.
We all know that some of our members live in this Right to Work State, which doesn’t directly affect us, but indirectly it could. Some recent decisions like the cancellation of the Arlington Streetcar project would have been an organizing effort for Local 689. Transportation growth in Virginia is something that we all need to continue pay close attention to with the expanded growth of the state and counties surrounding us in Virginia. We recently celebrated the opening of the Silver Line. The construction of that line continues and will extend to Dulles Airport. Bus transportation plays a major part with rail service with the opening of the Silver Line and to Dulles Airport. With the information the Union was able to get, there are currently 68 routes serving the Silver Line; eleven of which are Metrobus.
GET READY TO GET INVOLVED 689.
If nothing else, we must do our part to hold onto these routes and continue to lobby for more with the increase need for transportation Virginia and its counties. The building trades within Virginia need our help as well, because sustaining work for their Union members in a “Right to Work” state is very challenging, to say the least.
GET READY TO GET INVOLVED 689.
The Union will be calling on you to give a little of your time so that we can preserve our jobs, our families and our communities.
Roland H. Jeter is the 1st Vice-President/ABA for Local 689. He can be contacted at (301) 669-8223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.