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Rob Wohl, of the Amalgamated Transit Union, rallies striking Loudoun County Transit workers Feb. 10 during a demonstration in front of the Loudoun County Government Center. Several dozen worker represented by ATU Local 689 have been on strike since Jan. 11 as part of an ongoing contract dispute with Keolis North America, the private company contracted to provide public bus service in the county.

Several dozen Loudoun County Transit workers have been on strike since Jan. 11 amid ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations between Keolis North America, the private contractor that employs them, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, the union that represents them. Union members still haven’t voted on any contract offer from Keolis. Now, neither side can even agree if the standoff constitutes an “impasse” – much less what a fair contract offer looks like.

A Keolis-imposed March 3 ratification deadline passed without action as union members chose not to vote on a Feb. 24 three-year contract offer that the company says will make its Loudoun employees “the highest-paid [transit workers] in Northern Virginia.” Seventy-nine workers signed a petition in response to Keolis’ Feb. 24 offer that stated, “We refuse to accept a contract that does not meet our basic demands,” listing several key provisions of what the petition says is an acceptable contract offer.

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Fire them all and start anew!


So the union has had a stranglehold on Loudoun commuters for two months. Coming to a school near you...just wait until there is collective bargaining for teachers in the county...your children will be at the mercy of the Loudoun Education Association...the teachers union. Remember the Loudoun Education Association's “Solidarity for Safety Rally.”? They were all parked in a parking lot blowing their horns demanding not to have to return to the classrooms to teach our children. These are the folks who are going to have control over whether our children get an education or not. Not going to be pretty, folks.

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