Amalgamated Transit Union president Jackie Jeter says Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has “woefully neglected its commitment to a safety culture” and called on the agency to take specific steps “to truly create a safety culture.” In a January 26 blog post, Jeter charged that WMATA leadership “continues to fail miserably” at cultivating an environment “where Metro employees feel empowered and welcome to identify accidents and potential hazards.” photo by David Stephen
Dozens of teams from area unions, internationals and allies "bowled for gold" Sunday at the 23rd annual Community Services Agency Bowling Tournament. The event raises funds for CSA's Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides aid for local families in need. "We really appreciate all the support folks showed today," said CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. "It means so much to the families who turn to us in their hour of need. It was also great to see everyone having such a good time while doing good as well." Team photos have been posted on the Council's Facebook page.
photo (l-r): Bowling Committee Chair Fred Allen, CSA's Kathleen McKirchy and Council President Jos Williams; photo by Chris Garlock
Members of three area ATU locals -- 689, 1300 and 1764 -- joined together on Friday to stand in solidarity with the paratransit workers at First Transit/Metro Access. “First Transit has been refusing to give their workers 40 hours a week, they have been firing their workers over the phone to avoid confrontation with union representatives, and they have had a 100% turnover rate since this time last year,” reports ATU 689.
photo by David Stephen
“State employees will be mad as hell,” about new Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s proposal to take away the pay raise that state and university employees had already gotten, said AFSCME Maryland Council 3’s Jeff Pittman...