“Privatization is not a cost saving,” said ATU Local 689, “but instead drives up fares, jeopardizes safety, results in service cuts, and fosters an environment for political corruption because it puts profits ahead of the riding public.”
The union called the move “another example of WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's failed leadership and wasteful spending” and renewed its call for Wiedefeld's firing.
On our labor calendar, there are labor-to-labor walks to boost election turnout throughout the region this weekend; go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details and links where you can sign up.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1991, members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas began what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions.
Today’s labor quote is by “Mother” Jones, who led a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston, West Virginia on this date in 1912. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who said:
“Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!”