“No one on the Red Line during rush hour can afford to get to work two hours late without fear of discipline,” said Local 689 president Jackie Jeter in response to the long wait times and delayed service this week.
Despite an agreement with Local 689 to provide shuttle service, Metro brought in private contractors from outside the area, while Metro’s fleet of buses -- able to transport twice as many passengers as the shuttle buses -- sat idle.
Metro "had time to prepare," said Jeter, "yet here we are with private contractors who can’t get the job done."
On this weekend's labor calendar, don’t miss the DC Labor Chorus’s “Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs Concert” tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring;
details on our website, dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1955, African-American Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fueling the growing civil rights movement's campaign to win desegregation and end the deep South's racist "Jim Crow" laws.
Today’s labor quote is by Rosa Parks, who said:
““I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.”