On the Job Murder at Metro 1974
After a heavy equipment operator became the 12th construction worker to be killed building the Metro system, 2,500 unionized construction workers staged a one-day strike November 11, 1974 and marched from the Labor Department to Metro headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The building trades unions staged the strike even though a judge had issued a restraining order. After securing promises of intervention by the Labor Department and commitments from Metro, the workers returned to the job site the next day.

The Construction Contractor's Council pressed the courts for fines against the union and individual union leaders for staging the strike, but Chief U.S. District Court Judge George L. Hart brokered a deal where the unions would plead guilty and be fined a token amount ($100) and charges would be dropped against individual union leaders.

Some improvement was made in safety by Metro following the strike and the Labor Department intervened as well. Nonetheless, the safety culture apparently didn't change as operations and maintenance workers continued to be killed through 2010.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) dedicated a memorial to their employees killed on the job in 2011. The workers killed building the system are not memorialized.

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