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Nov 27

This Thanksgiving, the Cinder Bed Road Strikers Deserve Our Thanks

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union International President John A. Costa released the following statement to mark Thanksgiving in the U.S.

“Most Americans and U.S. ATU members will gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. We’ll come together to honor our family traditions and reflect on what we’re thankful for.

“We should be thankful for the sacrifice and courage of our union sisters and brothers who came before us to fight for a better life for all workers.

“We should also be thankful for those who continue that fight against the forces that are intent on keeping working people down.

“Right now, our members of ATU Local 689 working at the Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage in Northern Virginia have been on strike for over a month against their private employer, Transdev. Their strike is not only in protest of the multinational company’s unfair labor practices and Metro’s scheme to create a two-tier workforce with lower wages and almost non-existent benefits. It’s also against the scourge of privatization, where profits come at the expense of workers, the riding public, and our communities. 

“These workers have missed their last two paychecks, had their health care cut off,  and are facing one of the most insecure Thanksgivings of their lives. Yet they are standing strong and gaining the upper hand with each passing day. 

“This Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the strikers at Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage and all workers who put everything on the line to stand up for economic and social justice. 

“And, if you can, one of the ways you can express your gratitude for all of the things you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving is to “pay it forward” in the form of a contribution to the ATU Cinder Bed Road Bus Garage strikers at:

“They’re fighting for all of us. And we know that “Together We Fight, Together We Win!”