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Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Barrickman ()
Date: December 12, 2019 11:06PM

On Tuesday night, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) released a joint public statement announcing that a deal had been struck between the transit union and the US capital’s transit system. The deal, both parties have claimed, would reverse Metro’s privatizing of various functions of the system.

The announcement follows Sunday’s decision by ATU Local 1764 to call off the strike of nearly 600 Fairfax Connector transit bus operators in Northern Virginia against the transit firm Transdev, which privately operates the bus system in the DC suburbs. The ATU acknowledged that the settlement failed to resolve workers concerns over “wages, vacation, sick [leave], [or] retirement,” i.e., all the most basic issues.

The treachery of the transit unions underscores the necessity for workers to take the conduct of this struggle out of the hands of the ATU and to build rank-and-file committees independent of the union and operatives of the Democratic and Republican parties of big business.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Barrrickman ()
Date: December 12, 2019 11:16PM

JOIN A UNION AND PAY YOUR DUES.

FIGHT GREED.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Barrickman ()
Date: December 16, 2019 09:43PM

Barrrickman Wrote:
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> JOIN A UNION AND PAY YOUR DUES.
>
> FIGHT GREED.


Thank you, myself. I agree with myself.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Barrrickman ()
Date: December 16, 2019 09:47PM

Barrickman Wrote:
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> JOIN A UNION AND PAY YOUR DUES.

> FIGHT GREED.


You're welcome, myself. You agree with myself.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Barrickman ()
Date: December 17, 2019 04:44PM

UPDATE: The ATU has worked to keep the struggling workers in the various sectors separate from one another. The strike of privatized Metrobus workers comes a little over a year after the ATU ignored a 94 percent strike vote by over 8,000 Metro workers, keeping them on the job while WMATA violated contractual obligations by privatizing Metro services and carrying out the sale of the $89 million Cinder Bed Road facility to Transdev.

Late last month, the ATU and Fairfax Connector were forced to back down from their effort to force Connector drivers to scab on lines previously served by striking Metrobus-Transdev operators after workers discovered the plan.

On October 30, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation announced “[t]he limited temporary rush-hour service on Fairfax Connector … will no longer operate starting tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019,” before adding that three “supplemental” trips on the main southbound route would continue during rush hour.

Speaking at a rally last week, ATU Local 689 president Raymond Jackson, Jr. sought to beat back the determination of workers to fight, saying, “You can talk about striking all day but when it’s time for you to cross that line … you literally just fired yourself.” If workers struck, he warned, “All income stops, and I know that some of these workers are head of family and [they’re] single parents.”

Transit workers must take their struggle out of the hands of the ATU by building independent rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize workers and young people throughout the Washington D.C. region, including the public metro workers at WMATA. Like the New York City transit workers and Chicago teachers, Metro D.C. transit workers are facing a direct struggle against the Democratic Party, which claims there is no money for public services while it hands over billions in tax cuts and debt payments to giant corporations and Wall Street investors.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: jsawhgfg ()
Date: December 17, 2019 05:35PM

Unions were once necessary before we had federal and state laws protecting workers. Now, unions are about collecting union member dues and raising the cost of doing business. This, of course, is reflected in the price you pay for goods.

Unions are worthless at best and detrimental to our economy.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Union Jack ()
Date: December 17, 2019 06:49PM

We need unions in the political process.
Fuck the expense.
Clearly, your grammar reflects that you spend your day in the trades.
Bullshit.
Your assertions demonstrate how dangerous book knowledge is without practical experience.

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: k ()
Date: January 05, 2020 06:27PM

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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Troll Bait ()
Date: January 05, 2020 08:44PM

Barrickman Wrote:
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> On Tuesday night, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
> Local 689 and the Washington Metropolitan Area
> Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) released a
> joint public statement announcing that a deal had
> been struck between the transit union and the US
> capital’s transit system. The deal, both parties
> have claimed, would reverse Metro’s privatizing
> of various functions of the system.
>
> The announcement follows Sunday’s decision by
> ATU Local 1764 to call off the strike of nearly
> 600 Fairfax Connector transit bus operators in
> Northern Virginia against the transit firm
> Transdev, which privately operates the bus system
> in the DC suburbs. The ATU acknowledged that the
> settlement failed to resolve workers concerns over
> “wages, vacation, sick [leave], [or]
> retirement,” i.e., all the most basic issues.
>
> The treachery of the transit unions underscores
> the necessity for workers to take the conduct of
> this struggle out of the hands of the ATU and to
> build rank-and-file committees independent of the
> union and operatives of the Democratic and
> Republican parties of big business.
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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: CheesyGoodness ()
Date: January 12, 2020 12:07AM

Barrickman Wrote:
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> On Tuesday night, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
> Local 689 and the Washington Metropolitan Area
> Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) released a
> joint public statement announcing that a deal had
> been struck between the transit union and the US
> capital’s transit system. The deal, both parties
> have claimed, would reverse Metro’s privatizing
> of various functions of the system.
>
> The announcement follows Sunday’s decision by
> ATU Local 1764 to call off the strike of nearly
> 600 Fairfax Connector transit bus operators in
> Northern Virginia against the transit firm
> Transdev, which privately operates the bus system
> in the DC suburbs. The ATU acknowledged that the
> settlement failed to resolve workers concerns over
> “wages, vacation, sick [leave], [or]
> retirement,” i.e., all the most basic issues.
>
> The treachery of the transit unions underscores
> the necessity for workers to take the conduct of
> this struggle out of the hands of the ATU and to
> build rank-and-file committees independent of the
> union and operatives of the Democratic and
> Republican parties of big business.
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Re: Unions in Northern Virginia
Posted by: Just Observing ()
Date: January 17, 2020 11:10AM

Maybe there is some point to what’s being said here. I think it’s quite important

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