ATU blasts plan to ‘privatize’ DC Metro

The Amalgamated Transit Union and its D.C. Local 689 ATU Local 689 is blasting a reported plan hatched by right-wingers to privatize Washington’s Metro system, including the buses and the subway. The Metro board has already turned over one garage, in suburban Virginia to privatizers. Privatizing would cut service to Metro’s hundreds of thousands of daily riders, the union said. The subway, despite recent declines, is among the three busiest in the U.S., and Metrobus carries hundreds of thousands more. “If you sit in the windowless boardroom of” Metro headquarters, “you’d think ‘privatization’ is a silver bullet that will magically eliminate costs and restore ridership to its heyday,” said Local 689 president Raymond Jackson. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” The solutions are expanded and improved service, as has occurred in Seattle and Houston, he said. That means more investment in repairs and upgrades – and in union workers and their wages. “Transit experts know how to fix this,” he said. So does Jackson’s local, which made the same recommendations last year, and so does Metro staff, unlike its management, he added.
– Press Associates, Inc.(PAI)

 

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MAY DAY 2019 MADISON: No Work | No School | No Buying

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All!
No Work | No School | No Buying
Wednesday, May 1, 11am
State Capitol in Madison
Buses from across the state
vdlf.org/mayday2019
414-643-1620

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All

Voces de la Frontera

We are organizing for a Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants general strike and statewide mobilization on the Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, May 1st, to urge the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for all in Wisconsin. This means no work, no school, and no buying.

Milwaukee bus info:
Buses leave at 8:30am from 1027 S 5th St, Milwaukee
414-643-1620

Green Bay bus info:
Buses leave at 7:30am from 1221 Bellevue St, Green Bay
920-791-1140

Waukesha:
Buses leave at 8:45am from 305 E Main St, Waukesha
262-271-2390

Racine:
Buses leave at 8:30am from 2100 Layard Ave, Racine

Appleton:
Buses leave at 8:30am from 213 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Beaver Dam
Buses leave at 9:30am from 908 S Spring St, Beaver Dam

Janesville
Buses leave at 9:30am from 2130 Mt. Zion Ave, Janesville

Lake Geneva
Buses leave at 9am from 100 E Geneva Square, Lake Geneva
414-828-2692

Watertown
Buses leave at 9:30am from 307 S 3rd St, Watertown

Whitewater
Buses leave at 9:30am from 1235 W Main St, Whitewater

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All

Voces de la Frontera