"Would you buy a newly constructed house that had cracks in its concrete foundation? What if the builder told you that the cracks were no problem, you just needed to apply three coats of silane to the concrete every seven years and you should be fine? This is essentially the deal being offered to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which has been charged with building Phase 2 of the Silver Line," writes Dennis L. Martire in The Washington Post. Martire was on the MWAA Board during the procurement of Silver Line Phase 2, and is vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. He points out that local politicians bullied MWAA into abandoning its plan to use union labor on the project, which he says is now over budget, late and defective. "The public should be outraged at how this project has been mismanaged," says Martire.
photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post
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