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ATU Local 689 members at WMATA’s MetroAccess Hubbard Road Facility on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike, if necessary, to win a contract. Over 200 paratransit drivers, utility, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and road supervisors are employed by private contractor Transdev. Local 689’s collective bargaining agreement with Transdev expired on June 30th and “After weeks of negotiations it seems clear that Transdev is not serious about reaching a settlement,” the union said yesterday. “The same company that thanked our members for being essential workers now disrespects them at the bargaining table,” said ATU 689. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on this developing story.
photo: MetroAccess workers picketed the Hubbard Road Facility on June 16.
Two local unions are urging the Alexandria City Council to delay consideration of a proposed redevelopment of the old Potomac River Generating Station. In 2015, Hilco Global affiliate, Sparrows Point LLC, was fined for environmental violations related to the demolition of old mill buildings in Dundalk, Maryland. The violations included failing to control stormwater, dumping trash and industrial waste, and handling asbestos improperly. Sparrows Point and their contractor were required to complete $3.375 million in environmental projects as a part of their settlements. In 2020, Hilco’s demolition of a smokestack at a closed coal plant covered Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in dust during a respiratory pandemic. Hilco agreed to pay $370,000 in a settlement to a Little Village health and wellness program. Click here to sign UNITE HERE Local 23 and 25’s petition urging the Alexandria City Council to delay consideration of Hilco’s proposal.
photo: Alejandro Reyes/YouTube
With the Maryland primary election now just days away, the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council is working hard to ensure that candidates and everyday voters feel labor's presence this election cycle. “However, we cannot do that without you,” says MWC Political Director Déjah Désirée Williams. In coordination with the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, the MWC is sponsoring two phone banks (July 11 and 13) and two canvass launches (July 9 and July 16) to turn out the labor vote for Tom Perez and MWC endorsed county candidates. Scan the QR code now for details on how to participate in MWC-sponsored days of action and/or sign up to participate by clicking here. “With your support and help we will ensure there are candidates across the state of Maryland fighting for working families,” said MWC president Dyana Forester. “Help us keep Maryland ‘Labor Strong’”.