Category Archives: Work Life

Incident Reports

A few of my favorites — some serious, others funny: * OPERATOR ERROR, MECHANIC STATED THAT THE OPERATORS FOOT COULD NOT REACH THE BRAKE PEDAL * TURTLE ON THE BUS—-TURTLE REMOVED BY SOM–255 * LATE FROM DIVISION / OPERATOR TOO … Continue reading

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In defense of unions and Metro employees

The  following quote is from a NY Times article By SABRINA TAVERNISE: “Richard Freeman, an economist at Harvard, said he saw the hostility toward unions as a sign of decay in society. Some working-class people see so few possibilities for … Continue reading

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Safety Vests and Hard Hats

In typical fashion, only after Metro started killing off their employees did they profess to be somewhat concerned about safety. They began issuing new ‘improved’ safety vests and hard hats to show they were doing something (anything!) to prevent more … Continue reading

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Train Operators Using Pocket Tracks as Bathrooms

[All names are fictitious] This issue is actually in the news as I type this. The WMATA Inspector General’s report, “Control Self-Assessment – Employee Safety in the Office of Track and Structures Systems Maintenance” was recently made public (see http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-bout-some-ipotties-instead.html). … Continue reading

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What’s the Matter with Metro?

Many of Metro’s problems aren’t any different from those that afflict other government agencies and many large corporations. Metro is essentially a socialist organization. Three of my former coworkers are from Russia and remember the USSR very well. Independently, at … Continue reading

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Drawbacks of the Job

Shift work. Anyone who applies for a job at Metro knows (or should know) that many positions require employees to work shifts, commonly referred to as AM shift or ‘Days’, PM shift or ‘Evenings’, and Midnight shift or ‘Mids’. This … Continue reading

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