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Metro Workers Vote to Continue Strike: 1978 | by Washington Area Spark
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Metro Workers Vote to Continue Strike: 1978

Mass meeting by striking Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, often called “Metro”) workers at an RFK Stadium parking lot July 23, 1978.


Speaking is William T. Scoggin Jr., who was originally selected as spokesperson for the strikers. Scoggin was replaced at this meeting by Eugene Ray (immediately to the left of Scoggin) after Scoggin urged strikers to return to work.


The wildcat strike was precipitated by WMATA’s failure to pay a quarterly cost-of-living increase due under a clause in the labor contract that all terms remain “undisturbed” while the new contract was being settled.


For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see


For more information and additional photos, see set description “DC Metro Wildcat Strikes: 1978:"


For information and photos on the 1974 Metro strike, See set description “Transit Strike 1974:"


Photo by Bernie Boston, Star Collection, © Washington Post. It has been scanned from an 8 x 10 print. This image was not part of the original Washington Area Spark collection and has been added to give context to the time period. Scanned from an original photograph.

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Taken on July 23, 1978