A Metro union strike continues to be a possibility, with the potential to disrupt the commutes of about one million bus and rail passengers.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 President Jackie Jeter would order a strike only if union leadership are not able to make progress with Metro in discussions, said her executive assistant Barry Hobson Tuesday.
“Our president has not given us a definite [date on] when we might strike, but if the negotiation with the authority have come to a halt, then our membership has already given us authorization through the strike vote,” Hobson said.
Lately, discussions between Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and Local 689 elected leaders have gone smoothly, union spokesperson David Stephen said Monday.
“The leadership of ATU Local 689 had its third negotiation meeting with designees of WMATA [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] General Manager Paul Wiedefeld today, and the meeting was productive,” Stephen said.