See President Jeter's Testimony below
“Five years ago, after the tragic June 2009 Red Line accident, Local 689 testified in support of retraining plans, routine re-certification and equipment upgrades,” Jeter says. “While we commend the improvements made since the 2009 accident, we must point out that WMATA has not met the necessary task of developing a safety culture.”
In Jeter’s testimony, she outlined three main areas of safety the union wants addressed. Those priorities include 1) investing in training for the entire workforce and continuous re-training, 2) changing the perception of retaliation by workforce for making reports on unsafe conditions, and 3) holding management to the same standards of education and preparation as employees.