Below is yet another grammar-challenged salvo fired off by ATU 689 mastermind Jackie Jeter to customers concerned with the reinstatement of two Metrobus drivers once fired by Metro for what would sound like egregious errors/crimes committed on the job.
We already know where the conversation starts if Jeter is challenged, but if you're interested, here's a video interview with Jeter, which, at points, gives some more interesting insights about where she's coming from.
Summing up the video, it would appear the union would not be willing to compromise an inch, no matter how bad Metro's financial picture might get, which is odd considering the huge portion of the budget devoted to labor. Don't be surprised when Metro tries to balance its books using your wallet.
Oh, and next time you're run over, assaulted, sexually accosted, treated rudely, treated with contempt, delayed because your driver wants to grab a bite to eat, offered drugs, see your driver run a red light, board a 10-car train, get scared shitless by reckless driving, see the operator asleep at the wheel or in the kiosk, vomit from motion sickness, or see your driver texting, be sure to thank the Metro employee.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jackie Jeter
Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Subject: RE: Transparency!
The slavery comment was an answer to one of the numerous e-mails sent
to me concerning the issue of the union putting two of its members
back to work. The comment was meant to show the e-mailer that
regardless of their opinion, or what you or I believe, those members
have rights, that’s why they belong to this union. And only those
enslaved by someone or something, do not! A right that allows them to
have their case taken before an arbitrator if their termination was
not handled properly by WMATA. This is the fact that has led to all
of the unsolicited conversation. And as president of this union I
don’t have the power to withhold their issue from arbitration if it
has merit. If that occurs they have the right to sue the union for
Now I have read all of the comments that you’ve taken the time to
generate because someone decided to take a comment out of context.
The explanation above is why my comment was made and why I will
continue to defend the actions of this union. I represent over 7,000
workers of Metro, the majority of them do their jobs without as much
as a thank you from those of you who make your nasty criticisms, and I
represent them. There is also those workers who engage in acts which
break established rules, and I represent them. The riding public is
respected and always a concern of this local and so are my members.
Although everyone advises me to ignore your questions, opinions, and
comments, I will always attempt to explain our action to you.
Hopefully this last e-mail will shed some light on the arbitration
process that we follow.
Jackie Lynn Jeter, President
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 689
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