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Some criticize the nearly $52 million Metro spends on outside consultants.
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Some criticize the nearly $52 million Metro spends on outside consultants.

Public records claim Metro is paying nearly $52 million to hire outside contractors for work some believe should be made available to union workers.

The Washington Examiner reports that the money is spread out among 18 consulting firms. In a written statement, Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel claims the consultants are used to supplement in-house forces to provide skills that don't exist in-house, or that are needed on a time-limited basis.

David Levenson, spokesperson for Professional Employees International Union Local 2 says hiring in-would make better financial sense.

"We don't agree that the contractors all involve skills that don't exist in-house," says Levenson. "And we have observed that there is an overlap, between contracted work, and the work that's been traditionally done by our members."

Metro executives are challenging an arbitration ruling which would limit the agency's use of contractors.

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