Friday, December 08, 2006

Sad news: 2nd Washington Metro Track Inspector Dies

By Celeste Monforton

The transit workers in the Washington, DC region are suffering another loss. Matthew Brooks, 36, succumbed to the injuries he suffered after being struck by a Metro train on November 30. His fellow track inspector, Leslie Cherry, 52, died on the day of the accident. As the NTSB Chairman remarked, these deaths are unacceptable.

When the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority Board convenes next week for their monthly meeting, members of ATU Local #689 plan to make their voices heard. On the day of the meeting, they have a Safety Rally planned for the steps of WMATA headquarters. The message: Their lives are on the line. Mr. Brooks' and Mr. Cherry's families truly know that tragic fact.


Thursday, December 14, 2006 11 a.m.
Metro Board Meeting
Jackson Graham Building
600 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

Time to send management a message: Too many injuries and deaths!