After filing a Public Access to Record Policy (PARP) request, we heard back rather quickly that the "request is burdensome" and that we should narrow it.
We did, immediately, asking for three years' worth of train and bus operators who'd gotten the chop only to have their careers be resurrected.
After a very long wait of nearly three months, we finally got an answer.
From Oct. 30, 2006 to June 15, 2009, 87 Metrobus operators have been terminated only to be reinstated at a later date. This is something the Metro operators' union, ATU 689, does very well.
That Metro fired 87 over that period seems high, but perhaps it's normal. We don't know, but keep in mind that a driver who left his full bus to get some KFC was only suspended, as was the train operator apparently texting at the wheel. Wonder what happened to this guy?
So, it would seem an operator would have to do something pretty bad to get axed, so that WMATA fired and reinstated that many seems like a rather large number.
There were no details about the reasons for the initial terminations, but the vague descriptions included rather serious sounding offenses like "violation of rules," "accident record," "attendance," "non-compliance with employee," "unsatisfactory performance," "disciplinary" and our favorite, "failure to return from leave."
How nice it would be to extend your vacation unannounced and slip right back into your old job?
Five "farebox pullers" got fired and reinstated, too.
Check out the documents here, here and here.
TOC walks Metro tracks (Examiner)
*Captain Boomerang appears to indeed be a real comic book character or, at the very least, a cross dressing flight attendant. Who knew?