WIN Annual Reports April 2019 Midyear Report | Page 18

17 WAS H I N G T O N I N T E RF AI T H N E T WO RK TRANSIT ORGANIZING SECURES $500 MILLION/YEAR FOR WMATA $500 million per year for WMATA funding, slated to create $1 5 billion in improvements 200+ workers for the DC Circulator will maintain their jobs, wages, and benefits under new contractor $10.15 per hour up to increase in wages & drastically improved insurance for DC Streetcar workers 300+ person transit action in June 201 8. Photo by David Choy. WIN, along with its sister organizations in the DMV that are a part of Metro IAF, allied with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which has 18,000 members in the region and a 100-year organizing history. Together, we engaged the power base of our 200 member institutions to call for good transit and good jobs. We held dozens of actions with thousands of residents and with elected officials across all three jurisdictions. In spring 2018, an agreement for $500 million/year in dedicated funding for WMATA passed in DC, MD, VA. This historic victory provides WMATA with dedicated funding for the first time ever, and it passed without the threatened mandates of a federal control board, privatization, or destruction of frontline workers' retirement security. In 2018, WIN and ATU brought 40+ leaders to a DC Council hearing to testify about the privatization of the DC Circulator, and followed up with 300+ person action with both candidates for DC Council Chair. This local organizing resulted in increased wages and benefits for privatized DC workers.