Archived News Stories:
New Contract Ratified: Last Thursday, the WMATA Board of Directors voted to ratify a contract with Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Not only did the union and WMATA come to an agreement without a bitter arbitration process, but it's a good deal for riders and taxpayers. Read the full article Here.
DC Metro ATU 689 union aims to block D.C. plan to privatize buses: Metro’s biggest union is trying to rally support from pro-union groups and local community organizations to stop the District from privatizing some of its bus routes now run by the transit agency. The District’s Department of Transportation is seeking a private contractor to take over about two dozen bus routes that Metro runs for the city and the popular D.C. Circulator bus system. Read the full article Here.
Historic first confidential "Close Call Reporting" agreement: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), in partnership with the ATU Local 689, is launching a new pilot program designed to enhance safety by increasing the opportunity for employee reporting of incidents or situations that have the potential for more serious consequences. Metro will become the first rail transit agency in the nation to promote a confidential “Close Call Transit Safety Reporting System.” Read the full article Here.
Rocks being thrown at Metrobuses: Metrobuses are under fire in a string of rock throwing attacks that put one driver in the hospital. It is happening in Southeast D.C. Read the full article Here.
Metro: Bus drivers' fatigue a problem: Some Metrobus drivers are working more than 20 hours in a day, four more than allowed even under Metro's own rules, according to a new agency study on fatigue. A summary of the report, slated to be presented to board members on Thursday, shows Metro had 146 cases in which drivers worked from 16.25 to 20 hours a day in the July 2011 study month. It had another 50 cases of drivers logging more than 20 hours without the required eight hours off in a 24-hour period.Read the full article Here
Metro names chief executive and board members: Metro union head Jackie Jeter said Sarles faces "a lack of trust in WMATA's
ability to restore safety to the system. To regain trust and turn the system
around, management - from Sarles all the way down - needs to listen to workers
and consider their recommendations." Read the full article Here
Metro, national transit workers rally on Capitol Hill for more federal funding: Thousands of local and national transit workers rallied Tuesday on Capitol Hill for greater and more flexible federal funding for the country's ailing public transportation systems.Read the full article Here View photos from the rally HereArticle by Ann Scott Tyson-Washington Post Staff Writer-Section B04
President Jeter Testifies Before Congress: President Jeter testified before the congressional Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia on Tuesday, July 14th, as part of a hearing into the June 22nd train crash at Fort Totten. Click here to read Ms. Jeter's Full Testimony. Click here to watch the NBC 4 coverage of the hearings.
President Jackie Jeter on The Kojo Nnamdi Show:Listen as she talks about ATU Local 689, the "We Make It Work" campaign, and how the members of Local 689 make the system work through various circumstances. The Kojo Nnamdi Show airs on WAMU 88.5 weekdays, noon to 2 pm. To listen to the full broadcast Click here.
Recording Secretary, Anthony Garland interviewed about the We Make it Work Campaign: Listen to the three part interview recorded on July 28th on WPFW during We Ourselves hosted by Ambrose Lane. Click here to listen.
Articles featured Local 689 or Metro:Various articles about the Union. Click here to read.
Making Metrobus Safer for Drivers: Recording Secretary, Anthony Garland, recently wrote an editorial article for the Washington Post about operator safety. Click here to read the article.
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