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Metro Running Smoothly Despite Concerns of Possible 'Sick Out'

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    A bitter dispute between Metro management and Metro employees could mean uncertainty on the rails Friday.

    (Published Friday, April 28, 2017)

    Metro says less than two dozen workers called out of work Friday morning amid concerns of a possible "sick out." 

    Metro management and its largest union, ATU Local 689, are in a tense and ugly contract dispute. A union spokesman told News4 that members are "outraged" at the negotiations over the contract.

    Workers are also upset about changes in policies like Metro's sick leave policy - the root of a rumored mass absence or "sick out" by workers on Friday.

    On Wednesday, Metro said it received nearly 500 sick day requests for Friday. All requests were denied, Metro said.

    Metro Bracing for Possible 'Sick Out'

    [DC] Metro Bracing for Possible 'Sick Out'

    A bitter dispute between Metro management and Metro employees could mean uncertainty on the rails Friday. As News4’s Shomari Stone shows us, the fight may lead to a Metro "sick out."

    (Published Thursday, April 27, 2017)

    The union repeatedly denied that a "sick out" was planned.

    "Given the climate the [general manager] has set at WMATA, the union is looking at every possible legal tactic to get his attention," union spokesman David Stephen told News4.

    However, union leaders said they did not support a sick out and didn't believe that one would occur.