End Racism and Bigotry at King County!

End Racism and Bigotry at King County!

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King County Metro has failed to live up to its Equity and Social Justice Plan. Management sweeps incidents of racist harassment under the rug, and even retaliates against employees who raise concerns. This creates a toxic, hostile work environment for Black and Brown workers. On June 25, 200 Metro mechanics, bus drivers, custodians, and workers in other classifications picketed to demand action in response to a KKK-style death threat made at Metro’s South Base Complex – after weeks of silence and inaction by management. The protesters, rank-and-file members of Amalgamated Transit Union 587, joined by supporters from other unions and the community, also called out systemic racism and bigotry throughout King County departments. Please sign this petition, initiated by frontline transit workers and Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS), to demand change at King County!

Please Follow up by calling King County Executive Dow Constantine at 206-263-9600.

To: Martin Luther King Jr. County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council members and Metro General Manager Rob Gannon

We, the undersigned, demand action NOW to address the epidemic of racism at job sites throughout Metro Transit and all King County Departments.

• Immediate action when racist threats occur, including disciplinary action against perpetrators.

• Restitution for all who have filed complaints previously over racist incidents and harassment without satisfactory resolution.

• Posters at King County department job sites that expressly state acts of racist harassment and discrimination, as well as sexism and other forms of bigotry, will not be tolerated at Metro or King County.

• Affirmative Action in hiring, training and promotion. Stop nepotism. Make the workforce reflect the community it serves, at all levels and across all divisions of County government!

Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS)