Broken Promises - Bad Dreams, A Metro Investigation (Second in a series)
Metro workers say many are afraid to report safety problems
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Metro union workers claim Metro management is the biggest problem in guaranteeing safety.
According to Raymond Jackson, who represents Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, Metro workers say they are afraid to report safety problems because supervisors react negatively when they do. Jackson, executive vice president of Local 689, said instances in which Metro workers fail to report safety concerns occur often, and they are more frequent than most realize. For many, not reporting safety issues is becoming second-nature.
“We’ve been dealing with it for so long, we just deal with it,” Jackson said. “You just deal with per se not working safe.”
ATU Local 689 spokesperson David Stephen said the union would not violate Metro policy through facilitating interviews for a reporter with frontline workers.
“It is against their company policy,” Stephen said. “They can be fired for that. You’re asking our members to speak to you so they can get fired. I will not, absolutely not do that.”