PPC Votes to Support TWU Local 291 in Demands Campaign

For Immediate Release

From: The People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade
Media contact: William Byatt - (305) 900-8648 - william.byatt@miamiprogressives.org

PPC Votes to Support TWU Local 291 In Demands Campaign

On Saturday, February 3, the People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade, a chapter of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, voted unanimously to support Transport Workers Union Local 291 in their demand campaign directed at Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Local 291's five demands are to stop blaming the workers; resume contract negotiations; withdraw the request for a $170,000 raise; stop the privatization of bus services; and invest in mass transit operations.

In a statement, the PPC said the following: "It is absurd on its face that Mayor Gimenez would ask for a $170,000 raise while our public transportation infrastructure rots. It's outright disgraceful that he would then try to blame our County employees for late trains and buses, when the County's own analysis blames 95% of all delays on equipment issues. It is time we quit allowing the Mayor to subsidize his ego and start investing in our transportation and transportation staff."

This vote triggers the PPC sending the issue to the Miami-Dade Democratic Party's Issues Committee.