Local 689 Members:
Now is the time for us to protect ourselves and our jobs!
Perform all duties strictly by the S.O.P.'s (Standard Operating Procedures)
Don't Give Metro any reason to write us up, suspend us, or fire us anymore!
"We Make It Work"
ATU Local 689, Jackie Lynn Jeter, President
Is this a case of a driver going rogue, or is he part of a larger movement? Have you noticed anything different?
From reader Carlos:
I was riding the 52 bus up 14th Street last night around S St. when the driver made the following announcement (not verbatim):
Passengers please listen up. If you're riding the bus tomorrow morning and for the rest of the week, you're gonna need to allow an extra 30 minutes or so. It's not like we're goin' on strike or anything, but for the rest of the week, we're gonna be doing everything by the book. By the BOOK.
That means if we're s'posed to go 25 miles per hour, that's exactly what we're going to do. And it's gonna make us run late, so y'all need to allow for more time.
We're just tryin' to reduce the number of casualties, and so we're gonna be safe and by the book for the rest of the week.
Also we're gonna try to cut down on the conversatin' with passengers and just try to be more safe, but it's gonna make us run slow. So allow an extra 30 minutes.
This announcement raised a few questions in my head:
1. The phrase "It's not like we're going on strike." made me wonder if this is some sort of protest by the transit union? It was just a weird phrase to insert. Is the transit union trying to cause some stress in the system to effectuate some kind of change about something?
2. Why did they decide to start "being safe" now, and why are the only going to be safe for this week? What happens next week?
3. Is "conversatin' " a word?
Man accused of threatening to blow up Metro trains (Examiner)