The DC council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hear from the D.C. Department of Transportation and residents on Jan. 8 to discuss a controversial proposal to raise traffic fines in the District — among them, a $1,000 ticket for drivers going 25 over the posted speed limit. The proposals call for significant increases to several traffic offenses and the creation of new ones as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero plan. Read more here.
Jackie L. Jeter has been re-elected to her fourth term as President and Business Agent of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. Officers winning re-election with Jeter include Financial-Secretary Treasurer Esker “Butch” Bilger and Recording Secretary Larry Lockley, along with the newly-elected Caroll “Popeye” Thomas as First vice-President and Raymond Jackson, who rounds out the union’s top five officers as the Second Vice-President.
Jeter took office as the Local 689 president in 2007, making history as the first African-American woman to head the local which will celebrate its 100th anniversary as the representative of transit workers of the greater Washington DC next month.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my service to the members of Local 689 for this next term,” says Jeter. “We know that there will be challenges for our union and for the authority, but we are confident that by working together, we can realize safe, affordable and reliable transit for the riding public we serve.”
Jeter will lead negotiations for the next Local 689 contract with Metro in 2016 and also plans to continue addressing the challenges Metro is facing with safety, as well as getting dedicated funding to sustain the transit system.
With more than 9,000 active members and an additional 3,000 retirees, Local 689 is the largest union representing workers of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the third largest labor union local in the nation.