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AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION DISPATCH

January 7, 2019 news

After forty years of public operation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is attempting to revert to privatization of some of its operations, a dangerous trend that the ATU is fighting. These contracts with private corporations come at a cost to the public. WMATA’s MetroAccess paratransit service was among the first to be privatized. At MetroAccess, ATU has exposed high employee turnover, forced overtime, and abysmal benefits. “The way they treat the drivers is unbelievable,” said Genoa Greene, a MetroAccess Paratransit driver for twelve years. Greene points out clients who have died are often still scheduled for rides, while others are wrongly listed as using a wheelchair, because it is more profitable for the private contractor.

 

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