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Some Metrorail Employees Work 16-Hour Shifts

Late-Night Metro Cuts Could Mean More CutsMetrorail employees are working a lot these days. Too much, you might even say:

Metrorail employees in safety-critical jobs — including train operators, supervisors and maintenance technicians — are working longer hours than allowed, a workload that a joint analysis says could lead to fatigue and accidents.

The Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC), which monitors safety at Metro, partnered with the transit authority for five months to study how it manages fatigue among its employees. The results are to be presented Thursday to Metro’s board of directors.

According to a copy of the final report, Metro employees in safety-critical jobs work a “de facto” 16-hour day maximum, and there are no limits on the number of consecutive days an employee works.

Workers also complain that unfilled positions are forcing employees to take on overtime. The full report findings will be presented to the Metro Board on Thursday.

Photo by isuperwang via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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  • Mike

    I believe it should say "choose" opposed to "forced".

  • Pia

    Clearly, Mike hasn't worked somewhere that does force overtime...When I was underage, my summer employer was notorious for tampering with my timecard so I was "able" to work over 40 hours per week. September always meant a few additional paychecks after I had stopped actually working as a result. Sure I was able to "choose", but..not really.

  • Mike

    I don't think WMATA has underage summer employees being forced to work overtime so I am having trouble following your argument. Anyway I am mortified to hear about your summer. Read up silly

  • Pia

    Fair enough- I suppose was I just making a broader generalization that I know a lot of people (regardless of age) who are "strongly encouraged" to work overtime in their positions. That said, thanks for steering me straight.