The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

D.C. Metro:
Attack on Workers

May 28, 2018

Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the federal government agreed in March to provide 500 million dollars a year for construction, upgrades, and repairs for three years to Metro. Metro runs the subway and most buses in Washington, D.C. and its suburbs. Fares hardly cover half of Metro’s operating expenses, so since its founding it has had to beg these governments for money every year.

The catch was that legislators wrote a provision in the funding that prevents Metro workers from getting any raises for three years. And new hires will get no pension, just a 401(k)-style savings plan. Current workers have pensions, so this creates two tiers of workers at Metro.

Legislators did not object to the general manager earning $400,000 per year, and 10 other managers earning over $200,000.

This attack is aimed at the drivers, mechanics, and janitors earning only a fraction of that.