Fairfax Connector bus drivers, another privatized transportation system in the region that's managed by the French multinational corporation Transdev, have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if necessary. The vote by more than 600 members of ATU Local 1764 comes as ATU Local 689 Transdev workers have been on strike since October 24. 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.” A rally has been scheduled for this Saturday, November 16 at 11a at Old Town Square in Fairfax, VA to link the struggles between Cinder Bed Road and the Fairfax Connector. Facebook rally calendar listing here; please post and share.
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