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May 19

Alexandria DASH bus drivers reach contract, avert strike

Alexandria, VA – In a milestone victory over a three-decade legacy of anti-union management, Alexandria Transit Company DASH bus drivers reached a collective bargaining agreement with management.

Represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, the workers closed a seven-month bargaining process – including a unanimous strike vote - since DASH bus operators joined the Union in an NLRB election in November 2018 by a 97-13 margin.

The Union’s bargaining committee unanimously recommends the membership support the contract settlement that has achieved nearly all significant goals set by the membership. The goal of reaching parity with WMATA wage and benefit levels has been largely accomplished. The agreement was reached late Saturday evening after three full days of bargaining.

ATU International Vice President John Costa led the contract bargaining team and commented that, “The current contract settlement is the result of a unified membership and tremendous support from the Alexandria labor and political community.  These workers stood strong and are now being paid what they deserve so they can continue to provide the safe and reliable bus service that will be critical for commuters during the upcoming shutdown of the blue and yellow line.”

After 35 years of fighting for justice and respect on the job, the workers were finally successful. This contract will take workers out of last place among the Washington, DC fixed route employers.

“Our Union has worked to raise these workers from poverty and that’s a good feeling for everyone. It’s a new day for the DASH workers. I welcome these members wholeheartedly to our family of 14,000 members in our transit local,” said ATU Local 689 President and Business Agent Raymond Jackson.  “They deserve what we have negotiated with them - long overdue justice.  That’s the mission of our union. We exist to improve and defend the lives of both transit workers and the overall economy here in our community. Because of this union contract more of these workers will actually be able to live in the community that they serve.”