Press Release

AFL-CIO Donates $5,000 to Brave Striking ATU Bus Drivers

As more than 100 striking Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) bus operators, mechanics and utility workers fight for their dignity on day 34 of a strike, the AFL-CIO is donating $5,000 to the ATU Local 689 strike fund.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrobus workers employed by Transdev at WMATA’s Cinder Bed Road garage launched a strike on Oct. 24 over safety concerns, service issues and unfair labor practices by the private multinational contractor. WMATA’s privatization creates a two-tier workforce with lower wages and almost non-existent benefits.

“These brave Transdev workers are on strike fighting to make sure the entire community is safe,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Going out on strike is an agonizing decision for workers and our families, and we stand with the hardworking professionals of ATU Local 689 until the fight is over.”

The AFL-CIO called on Transdev to end its campaign of intimidation and surveillance and come to the bargaining table in good faith.