photo: Metro workers speak out at WMATA hearing on Thursday; photo by Carlos Jimenez
“We have had enough presentations and conversations about WMATA’s safety culture,” says Jeter. “The days of Metro managers encouraging and intimidating workers to cut corners to get buses and trains into revenue service are over. We have suggested mass training of the entire workforce for a years, but because WMATA has not taken the initiative to do it, we are doing it now because seven years of is too long.”
On Monday, shop stewards and elected officials representing the union coalition will gather at ATU Local 689’s union hall in Forestville where they will go through refresher training on all of the SOPs that Metro requires of its workforce in their respective crafts. Then those officers will be going throughout the system to instruct the workforce on making sure they follow every procedure without exception.