“WMATA likes to throw a rock and hide their hands,” Jeter told the crowd, explaining that WMATA makes decisions about MetroAccess and then hides behind their subcontractors so that they don’t have to take responsibility for the issues of MetroAccess and the service it provides.
MetroAccess is operated by private, subcontracted companies by WMATA. These private companies choose not to adhere to the same wage standards or scheduling policies WMATA honors for their DC Metro bus and rail workforce. MetroAccess workers are calling on WMATA to hold their subcontractors accountable and invest in keeping the trained and experienced operators of MetroAccess on the job and earning family-sustaining wages.
Other speakers included, Rev. Graylon Hagler of Plymounth Congregational United Church of Christ, MetroAccess Rider Rev. Gloria Swieringa, MetroAccess Operator Joyce Timmons, Todd Brogran of ATU International and Anthony Wayne Garland of Local 1764.
Eddie Acosta, AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers
John Boardman, UNITE Local 25
Unite HERE and John Boardman
Ferline Buie, Teamsters Local 922
DC Jobs with Justice
Eric Brown & AFGE District 14
Rev. Graylon Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
Mark Sectons Burrelly
Operating Engineers Local 99
OPEIU Local 2
Prince George’s Advocates for Community Based Transit
Ben Ross & Action Committee for Transit
Rev. Gloria Swieringa, Metro Access rider
Teamsters Local 922
Joyce Timmons, MetroAccess driver with Diamond Transportation
UCFW Local 400