For Dulles Metro Project, The Fight Is Far From Over | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

For Dulles Metro Project, The Fight Is Far From Over

Play associated audio
Union activists showed up at a Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) press conference in April to speak out against Republicans' view that the Dulles Rail project should be allowed to pay non-union wages. The labor issue could come to a head now that the project needs a handout from the state of Virgina.
David Schultz
Union activists showed up at a Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) press conference in April to speak out against Republicans' view that the Dulles Rail project should be allowed to pay non-union wages. The labor issue could come to a head now that the project needs a handout from the state of Virgina.

In fact, the negotiations have only just begun.

The Airports Authority voted to scrap the underground Metro station at Dulles Airport on the condition that Virginia contribute an additional $150 million to the Dulles Metrorail project.

Without this money, Authority officials say they can't make the project's financial ends meet.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he won't even discuss contributing more money until the Airports Authority makes changes to its labor agreement. In April, the Authority passed a labor agreement that would require all contractors working on the project to conform to union-level standards for wages, benefits, and skills.

The Authority says this will streamline the project's operations, but McDonnell says the agreement might violate Virginia's right-to-work laws. The area's labor unions have entrenched themselves on the issue, however, which could potentially cause a standoff between MWAA officials, state and local lawmakers, and union representatives.

NPR

Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, insists historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book, "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic."
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.