A LONGTIME MEMBER of the New Directions (ND) caucus in Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, and currently a supporter of the Rank and File Advocate newspaper produced by concerned members of ND, New York subway train operator Steve Downs was interviewed for Against the Current by Samuel Farber. This interview was completed shortly after the ratification of the new bus and subway union contract.
Thomas Trap, a track inspector for Metro – the problem-ridden D.C. subway and flagship of the nation’s second-busiest transit system – was fired on Jan. 4. The fact that he was a whistleblower and spoke at a press conference yesterday about Metro’s lack of a “safety culture” may not be a coincidence. Trap’s firing highlights the continuing struggle over who is ultimately responsible for safety on the subway and in the buses of the nation’s capital, despite federal reports and independent studies that reveal Metro managers have a longtime history of putting safety last. Continue reading