DASH drivers finally get to the table
File this one under “better late than never.” Contract bargaining between ATU and Alexandria’s DASH bus service finally commenced earlier this week after a bruising but successful fight against union-busting. DASH bus operators voted 97-13 in November to join ATU Local 689, despite a
well-funded anti-union campaign by DASH that included firing both of the union’s NLRB observers after the election. Reinstatement of the fired workers, as well as improving operator pay and benefits, which have lagged far behind other ATU-represented employers in the area, will be addressed in the bargaining, which resumes in early March. DASH pay is “lower” and “slower” than other regional bus systems, driver Tyler Boos told Connection Newspapers.The DASH corporation provides bus service to the City of Alexandria and is wholly owned by the City.
photo (l-r): DASH bus operators and members of the ATU Local 689 bargaining committee Didier Balagizi, Tyler Boos, and Alphonza Clements.
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