WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2019) – Mark Federici, president of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400, the District’s largest retail sector union with more than 3,000 members in the city, released the following statement urging WMATA to restore late night Metro service:

“Everyone relies on the critical public infrastructure that WMATA provides, and any cut to service has severe ripple effects throughout our communities. For far too long, too many hardworking men and women in the region have had to scrape by just to get to and from work. We’ve heard over and over from our members that they are suffering from the lack of adequate Metrorail service, particularly when returning home from work late at night. When other businesses are closed, our members are still clocking in to stock the shelves, sweep the floors, and prepare the meals to serve to their customers. When they leave work, they should not be forced to rely on costly and unreliable alternatives to public transportation. On behalf of our hardworking families, we urge WMATA to restore full service Metrorail hours.”


The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents 35,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.