A packed house gathered at New York Ave Presbyterian Church on the evening of Wednesday, March 25 to hear Metro workers and riders, as well as labor and transit experts, offer testimony at ATU Local 689’s Public Hearing on Metro Safety.
Public Hearing on Metro Safety
6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
New York Ave Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20005
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ATU says workers illegally fired, Call for a WMATA takeover of Streetcar
In addition to the many woes and missteps that have led to questions about its viability, DC Streetcar now stands accused of illegally firing a third of employees in retaliation for union organizing, says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which called on WMATA to take over the beleaguered streetcar agency. “Not only have the Streetcar managers failed in almost every aspect of the development of this new system, but they want to muzzle any criticism by their employees whose wages and benefits they seek to suppress,” said ATU President Larry Hanley.
Metro has suspended its search for a new general manager while it figures out what kind of leader it needs and will rethink how it handles its long-settled plan for a major expansion of subway capacity, officials said Thursday.
The Washington Post reports that Metro has abruptly ground to a halt in addressing the authority’s future executive leadership. The agency also might use new rail cars to replace older ones rather than to substitute eight-car trains for six-car ones.