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Jackie Jeter

 

Jackie L. Jeter

Jackie L. Jeter is President and Business Agent of the more than 10,000-member ATU Local 689.   The members of Local 689, including working and retired employees, elected Jackie to the union’s top leadership position in December 2006.  She took office in January 2007, making history as the first African American woman to head the local since its founding nearly 100 years ago.

As President of Local 689, Jeter leads the fight for protecting the interests of Metro transit workers.  Her leadership is backed by nearly 30 years of invaluable rank-in-file experience operating Metro buses, trains and the rail interlocking system.

A veteran union activist, Jeter has been an elected official with Local 689 since 1994. She started as a Shop Steward for rail operations and continued to win the support of the membership. She was elected Assistant Business Agent, First Vice President, and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Local 689 in steady succession. Each time, Jeter set a precedent as the first African American woman to hold those offices.

Her leadership presence extends to the international ATU family and regional union community. She is President of the ATU International Women’s Caucus and a member of Today's Women Caucus of Local 689. Jeter served on the executive board of the Washington Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO from 1996 to 2002.

President Jeter is an unflinching champion for the rights of workers, demonstrating vision, insight and tenacity in representing Local 689’s priorities. She is forging a mutual alliance of respect and collaboration between her members and the public that they serve.

Jeter is married to Roland H. Jeter and has lived in the Washington area since 1978. They have five children and five granddaughters.

 

Esker C. Bilger

Esker Bilger Jr. has been a member of ATU Local 689 since 1991 when he began his WMATA career. He specializes in HVAC and rail-car mechanical maintenance.

An established leader at Local 689, Bilger served two consecutive terms as Shop Steward/Executive Board Member At Large, beginning in 2001. In addition to serving as Financial Secretary-Treasurer, he is a Business Agent, pension trustee, health and welfare trustee, and a delegate to the international convention.

Bilger offers expertise in grievance management, pension plans, benefit plans, fiduciary responsibility, and arbitration.

He was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he continues to live with his wife and their 3 children.

Larry L. Lockley

Elected Recording Secretary in 2012, Larry L. Lockely previously served as Second Vice President and is known for his negotiation skills.  As a Shop Steward from 1997 to 2000, he brokered an agreement with the Authority to enact the 2-hour work continuation rule for railcar maintenance and secured extra handicap parking at the New Carrollton S&I facility.  He continues to help win grievances on all levels.

He is a Rail Maintenance-Mechanic, AA Electrical. Prior to joining WMATA, Lockley served in the U.S. Navy for six years as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1987.

Lockley graduated from the historic Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, MD.  He spent his earliest childhood years in Lynchburg, VA, before moving with his family to Prince George’s County, MD.  He still resides in the county.

Roland H. Jeter

Roland H. Jeter began his career with WMATA as a part-time bus operator in 1980 and moved up the ranks, from maintenance laborer to AA truck driver, to his current position, AA equipment operator.

Jeter’s involvement with America’s union movement is longstanding, dating back to1968 when he entered the construction industry after graduating from high school. As a construction worker, Jeter joined the cement masons and operating engineers unions, completed four-year apprenticeship programs and forged a lasting bond with organized labor.

Over the years, Jeter has served Local 689 in a number of elected and appointed positions, including Shop Steward, Executive Board Member, Assistant Business Agent, and Second Vice President.

He brings 40 years of union experience to the positions of First Vice President and Assistant Business Agent.

A native Washingtonian, Jeter is an alumnus of DC Public Schools. He is married to Jackie Jeter.  They call Prince George’s County, Maryland, home.

Gerry Garnett

Prior to being elected Second Vice President in 2012, Garnett served as a Shop Steward/Executive Board Member and Assistant Business Agent (ABA) of Local 689, appointed in 2009.

Garnett has experience as a Bus Operator from Northern Division.