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Posted at 9:41 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Metro workers protest at agency HQ

By Washington Post Editors

union03102011.jpgMetro employees protest outside the agency's headquarters in Northwest Washington Thursday. (Photos by Ann Scott Tyson/The Post)

About 50 Metro employees who belong to the transit union are protesting over their contract at the authority's headquarters this morning.

Ann Scott Tyson reports that the workers were chanting "Hey hey, yo yo -- you and your buses got to go!" prior to the start of board committee meetings being held this morning.

Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, says the protest is over Metro management's unwillingness to follow binding arbitration.

Later the workers filed into the meeting room and stood silently as the proceedings began.

The customer service and operations committee, the finance and administration committee and the governance committee of the board of directors are convening today to discuss a range of issues, from possibly redesigning the subway map to the structure of the agency.

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By Washington Post Editors  | March 10, 2011; 9:41 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Comments

The Metro commute was abnormally smooth this morning, apparently because these slugs weren't "working"

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 10, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Are they really betting any sympathy? When is Jackie Jeter going to realize that sometimes her union is part of the problems with Metro?

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 10, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

*getting* any sympathy...

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 10, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The employees have a right to be upset. WMATA agreed to FINAL and BINDING arbitration by a nuetral abitrator, to work out any indifferences between the union and Metro. Metro didn't like the outcome and is basically trying to go-back on the deal.

Metro has wasted hundreds of thousands (if not in the million dollar range) fighting the employees raise. By the time it's all said and done, they could have just paid the employees and everyone would have been happier. Nice job Metro!

Posted by: OCBound | March 11, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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