Tuesday, January 17, 7pm – 9pm; 9832 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735. RSVP: 410-962-4436 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join civil rights and labor leaders from around the country on Sunday, January 15 at the historic Metropolitan AME Church to celebrate Dr. King and call on WMATA leadership to make Metro safe, reliable and affordable for all.
The history of our regional transit system and our union are interwoven with the struggle for basic human and civil rights. At the dawn of the modern civil rights movement, labor, civil rights, and community activists waged and won a battle to desegregate the DC transit system and its workforce.
Now the future of Metro is at stake and it is again a matter of civil rights and justice for workers and riders. Come out and make your voice heard.
The Coalition of Metro Labor Unions, comprised of ATU Local 689, OPEIU Local 2 and IBT Locals 922 and 639, will be holding the WMATA Riders Public Town Halls that will be held throughout the month of January (see flyer below).
With the finalization of the FY2018 budget just months away, it is clear to our coalition that the WMATA Board is not going to effectively get public input from each jurisdiction before approving this budget. The proposals in this budget include longer wait times for trains, elimination of bus lines and firing of 1,000 workers. These proposals will have real consequences for the people who depend on Metro and the public’s input must be heard.
Our coalition, which represents more than 13,000 workers at Metro, believes that it is important to listen to our ridership so that we can face these challenges together. With the information gained at these meetings, we will then come to the Metro Board hearing on the budget (tentatively scheduled for the end of January) and bring the “PEOPLE’S AGENDA FOR METRO.”
This Saturday, #DCfor15 will be hitting the streets, telling DC voters about our petition to raise the wage to $15 per hour for all, and collecting the signatures needed to put it on the people's ballot box come November! Meet us at the African American Civil War Memorial, at the 10th St exist of the U St metro station.
If passed, under our ballot initiative, the District's minimum wage will increase annually until it reaches $15 per hour in 2020, after which the minimum wage will be adjusted each year according to increases in the cost of living. The initiative will additionally increase the minimum wage of tipped employees to $15 per hour by 2025, bringing DC's restaurant workers to #1FairWage.