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Metro workers voted for a potential strike at the ATU Local 689 union hall in Forestville, Md., on Sunday. The vote is the culmination of a two year labor dispute between Metro’s front line workers and management.

buy canada goose jacket Jackie L. Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, said the members approved a potential strike by a 94percent margin. She declined to give an exact turnout, saying thousands had voted. buy canada goose jacket

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Jeter said that executive board meeting could take place as soon as Monday.

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canada goose coats The vote follows “late out” demonstrations on July4 and Thursday, in which some employees arrived after the start of their scheduled shifts, noticeably delaying some bus service. Labor leaders say those actions were intended to send a message to canada goose coats on sale Metro management about stalled contract negotiations, buy canada goose jacket job cuts, privatization, duty reassignments and other issues. canada goose coats

Local 689 has been without a contract since July 2016,with binding arbitration ordered last fall.

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Since Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld took over the transit system in November 2015, union members have held regular demonstrations at Metro board meetings, voicing their opposition to cuts to jobs and open positions, canadian goose jacket fare increases, service cuts and a shift toward canada goose private contractors over union workers.

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A week long work stoppage in 1978 that disrupted commutes across the region centered on Metro’s failure to provide cost of living increases of 20 cents an hour that were agreed upon as part of a labor contract.

On Sunday, the line of workers waiting to vote wrapped partly around the building at the first of three scheduled meetings at the Local 689 union hall in Forestville, Md.

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