The union which represents DC Circulator bus drivers announced the end of a three-day strike after its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new agreement with RATP Dev.
“This is a great day for Local 689,” said Raymond Jackson, head of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, in a press release.
“This strike showed the power of workers fighting for our rights. Local 689 DC Circulator members did what we do best and won. Transit agencies across the country are now on notice. Public transit contractors cannot continue to make cuts on the backs of workers and riders. I’m proud of our members for standing strong and standing together. After months of negotiations, this contract recognizes our members for the heroes they truly are,” Jackson continued.
The new contract improves health care and provides better retirement benefits, and substantial wage increases, according to the union’s statement.
In response to the bus driver shortage, starting pay will immediately increase by 25 percent, and drivers who receive the highest pay will get a raise of around 18.5 percent as per the agreement.
John Costa, international president of the union, also hailed the employees’ victory, saying he is proud of them and that the new contract is a strong one that “recognizes the commitment and dedication of these frontline heroes to provide safe and reliable transportation for the people of DC.”
On Tuesday, May 3, DC Circulator bus drivers went on strike, setting up a picket line, after negotiations with their employer RATP Dev failed to reach an agreement.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) made it optional to wear face masks on DC Circulator vehicles in April.