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Dec 8

Fairfax Connector Workers Strike Over For Now

Unfair Labor Practice Strike & Support from Riders, Allies and Elected Officials Critical

Fairfax, VA – With their unfair labor practice strike sending a strong message to contractor Transdev and accelerating progress in negotiations, Fairfax Connector workers have decided to return to work, and the multinational company rescinded their threat to fire any workers who were on strike.

“We still have items to negotiate, but our riders come first and foremost for us. We are going back to work because their support and that of elected officials and allies have helped us make significant advances at the table,” said ATU International President John Costa. “Our strike was a victory, sending a loud and clear message to Transdev that we won’t tolerate their unlawful tactics at the bargaining table. We do reserve the right to walk off the job again if the good faith bargaining by Transdev disappears.”

Over the past four days, more than 500 Local 1764 Transdev workers at Fairfax Connector walked off the job. Transdev was able to only operate 15 routes on a Sunday service during the strike, meaning 84% of service was shutdown. This comes as Local 689 Transdev workers at WMATA’s Cinder Bed Road have been on strike for 46 days.

Strong support has been growing for the Fairfax Connector and Cinder Bed Road strikes from riders, allies and elected officials, many of whom are very concerned about privatization. Last week, the Northern Virginia Transit Commission, which appoints a Board Member to WMATA on Virginia’s behalf, passed a resolution further pressuring WMATA on privatization.

“I am proud of these workers and the solidarity, resolve and unity they showed on the picket lines, but this fight isn’t over. It’s not only about this contract at Fairfax Connector, it’s about the future of public transportation in the DMV,” Costa continued. “We also are very concerned that Transdev continues to bargain in bad faith with our Local 689 sisters and brothers at WMATA’s Cinder Bed Road who have been on strike since October 24 and now the company won’t come back to the table until December 18. It’s the holiday season and WMATA General Manager Paul Weidefeld is the grinch who is responsible for allowing Transdev to treat his employees with such disdain and disrespect.”