Instead of offering real proposals to improve the system and win riders back, the union said Wiedefeld has “pitted riders against workers in an attempt to balance the agency’s budget on the back of WMATA’s hardworking employees.”
Wiedefeld’s proposal to outsource services “will make the system less safe, less reliable, more costly and demoralize the workforce in a race to the bottom,” said Local 689, which last month released proposals to “fix WMATA, fund it and make it fair for riders.”
A meeting is scheduled for this Thursday at the AFL-CIO to review and discuss the campaign; details on our website at dclabor.org, click on calendar.
On today's labor calendar:
There's a free screening of the film "Workers' Voices" to mark the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh. That's happening tonight at 6:30 at the Institute for Policy Studies at 1301 Connecticut Ave NW;
Full details are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1999, the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halted shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist whom many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American.
Today’s labor quote is by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who said
"Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none."
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