Public transit system in Washington DC struggles with privatization

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Union employees are fighting the effort in favor of better benefits and working conditions, as well as keeping public costs down

Kewanna Battle Mason has worked for the privately operated bus service, the DC Circulator, in Washington DC for 10 years. But she has campaigned as a union activist against any attempt to privatize the capital’s giant public transit system – even after she suffered a stroke last year. After all, she believes life is much better for transit workers outside the private sector.

We want to be city-owned, have city benefits, in the long term, not just by contract. You can’t have that with these contractors,” she said. “We should be a city-owned company, we provide a city-owned service.”

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