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Nov 9

Transdev Workers at Fairfax Connector Overwhelmingly Authorize Strike

Strike could paralyze region as Local 689 Transdev workers’ strike at Cinder Bed Road Bus garage is on Day 17

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Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Connector bus drivers, another privatized transportation system in this region that is managed by the French multinational corporation Transdev, have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if necessary.

The vote by the more than 600 members of ATU Local 1764, comes as ATU Local 689 Transdev workers have been on strike since October 24, 2019. Local 1764 is currently in contract negotiations with Transdev and workers are frustrated over poor treatment and unfair labor practices. Their current contract expires on November 30.

“This strike vote sends a loud and clear message to Transdev that these workers demand to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” says ATU International President John Costa. “A strike at the Connector would impact 91 routes and would paralyze the entire region. Once again Transdev has demonstrated their blatant disregard for their riders, their workers, and the community at large.”

Last week, the Fairfax Connector workers held an informational picket at the West Ox garage. The picket sent a message to Transdev, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that ATU members are united for dignity, respect, and a fair contract.

“Transdev has no place in Fairfax Connector, WMATA or any other transit system,” Costa continued. “They care about one thing, making profits. They have a long of history of safety problems, poor service, financial irregularities, and mistreatment of workers. It’s time for this union-busting company to be kicked out of this region.”