Nearly one dozen pastors and reverends attended Local 291’s first Clergy Breakfast at the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church on March 1st.
It was a great start to Local 291’s effort to build community support for transit workers and the transit system, Local 291 President Clarence Washington said.
“We focused on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his continuing crusade to dismantle the county’s critically needed public transit system, which is the lifeblood of our community,” Washington said. “He is destroying public mass transit by not providing enough funding, slashing much-needed service, and privatizing bus routes. We have to organize - and push back.”
A mobile billboard blasting Mayor Carlos Gimenez as “Clueless Carlos” is on the traffic-clogged streets of Miami-Dade.
It hit the streets Tuesday with a route that included the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, Commissioner Sally Heyman’s District Office in North Miami Beach and Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s District Office in Miami Gardens.
The billboard truck is part of multi-faceted campaign by Transport Workers Union Local 291 and the International Transport Workers Union. TWU is demanding a fair contract and respect from Gimenez, who has denigrated transit workers as lazy and has tried to blame us for the unreliable and inadequate service. The union also is demanding Gimenez and other elected officials properly fund Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover.
The mayor has slashed bus and rail service, service and has given some public bus routes to an unaccountable private contractor.