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Mar 1

Local 1764 Fairfax Connector Workers Ratify Strong Contract

Fairfax, VA – After a four-day strike last December and the threat of a strike last week, a majority of Transdev workers at the Fairfax Connector represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1764 overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new contract.

“This is a great day for these workers and the community of Fairfax,” said ATU International President John Costa. “These workers showed strength, unity and solidarity during their four-day strike last December and over the last few months of their contract fight. The result was a strong contract that recognizes the commitment and dedication of these workers to providing safe and reliable transportation for the people of Fairfax each day.”

The new four-year contract with Transdev -- covering more than 600 Fairfax Connector bus operators and maintenance workers -- includes health care improvements and substantial wage increases, making them among the highest paid transit workers in Northern Virginia.

Approval of the contract came after the Fairfax Connector workers went on strike for four days early last December against the multinational private transportation company picked by the County to run the Fairfax Connector service. Their job action came in the midst of an 84-day strike by ATU Local 689 Transdev workers at WMATA’s Cinder Bed Road facility. During both strikes, the workers received strong support from riders, allies and elected officials.

"We thank all the riders, elected officials, community partners and allies for their support during our strike and our fight for a fair and just contract,” Costa continued. “This is a victory for everyone, and we could not have achieved it without them.”