- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a union that represents thousands of Metro workers says the transit agency has “neglected its commitment to a safety culture.”

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 president Jackie Jeter said Monday in a statement on the union’s website that Metro has failed to consistently invest in emergency training and that employees have been discouraged from reporting unsafe conditions.

Jeter says the only time employees get training is when they are being disciplined. Jeter’s comments come following an accident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station earlier this month.

Metro replied in a statement that the agency will consider the union’s “further suggestions about safety improvements.” Metro said that a 2014 employee survey found more than 80 percent of employees feel comfortable reporting safety issues without fear of retaliation.

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