Antonovich calls Metrolink union lawsuit ‘stupid’

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Michael Antonovich, Supervisor, L.A. County 5th district

Michael Antonovich, Supervisor, L.A. County 5th district

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich on Tuesday lashed out at a lawsuit filed against Metrolink by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen seeking to halt the installation of video cameras in train cabs.

Metrolink spent roughly $1 million installing the cameras in response to the deadly 2008 Chatsworth crash, in which La Crescenta engineer Robert Sanchez allegedly broke policy and text messaged teen enthusiasts around the time of the collision with an oncoming freighter.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the union filed a lawsuit, claiming the cameras were an invasion of privacy that violated federal law and provisions of their contract with Metrolink.

Antonovich, who sits on Metrolink’s Board of Directors with Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian, issued a statement calling the union’s lawsuit “stupid and irresponsible.”

“The union’s troubling message, ‘public be damned,’ is reckless,” Antonovich went on to say. “Police officer, bus drivers and others in the service sector are all subject to video recording in the workplace.”

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Written by Jason Wells

October 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

Posted in politics

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