The new president of Metro’s largest union spoke with WTOP for the first time since taking over as president of Local 689, which represents about 9,000 frontline workers. Here’s what he had to say about Metro shutdowns, his relationship with Metro Manager Paul Wiedefeld and other issues.
Metro has ordered a private contractor to pull a bus driver from service after he was caught on camera talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel.
Metro’s largest union suggested Wednesday that there will not be a strike this week as it outlined its demands for the first time since Sunday’s strike authorization vote.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 held the strike authorization vote following two instances in the past two weeks where a significant number of workers reported to work late in protest of Metro management.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 president issued the threat Friday, after two other labor actions where a significant number of workers showed up to work well after the starts of their shifts.
The final round of arbitration hearings for the long-expired contract with Metro’s largest union is set for late this month. And the agency’s budget, approved last month, doesn’t account for possible raises.
Documents in a legal dispute between Metro and a union representing more than a dozen fired track workers reveal additional details about the firings and the workers’ complaints.
Members of Metro’s largest union packed into the Metro Board meeting Thursday to challenge Metro’s position in ongoing contract talks.
“Metro’s done an excellent job to ask riders to stay away, and we need to find a way to promote Metro in a positive image,” said Esker Bilger, financial secretary-treasurer for ATU Local 689, a union representing Metro.
Cutting fares, implementing special tax districts around more Metro stations and expanding operating hours are among a series of suggestions Metro’s largest union released Thursday to fund and fix the transit agency.
Metro’s Finance Committee approved fare increases and service cuts Thursday and advanced the transit agency’s budget to the full board.
In a letter obtained by WTOP, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 President Jackie Jeter accused Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld of “abusive tactics” against workers.
A bid to reduce the amount of overtime Metro employees work has fueled rising tensions between the region’s transit agency and its largest union amid ongoing contract talks.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 is asking a judge to deny a Labor Department effort to force new elections, while acknowledging rules were “not followed to the letter.”
Metro and its largest union have agreed to new discipline policies after a sweeping overhaul was tossed out by an arbitrator last year.
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