Metro Washington Council delegates on Monday night nominated Jackie Jeter to serve as President. If elected at next month's meeting as expected (she's the only candidate), Jeter (right), who's president of ATU Local 689, will be the Metro Council's first female president. "I'm tremendously excited at the chance to work with the Council's leadership to improve the lives of working people across the metro region," Jeter told Union City. "Together with our new Executive Director (see story below) and the dynamic combination of new blood and experienced hands on the Board, I know we'll achieve great things." The election will be held at the March 21 Council meeting. Read more here.
Dozens of disabled riders and MetroAccess workers joined together at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church to call on Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to support with a living wage for MetroAccess workers, more safety for riders and increase reliability of service. Read more here.
Safety oversight officials within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department have approved the long-delayed, oft-criticized H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, pending a final review expected to wrap up in the next week. Read more here,
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.