(Josh Hicks / Post), The plan to move TSA's headquarters to Springfield is the culmination of a long effort to revitalize an area known for its warehouses. WMATA, union talks break over proposed benefit changes, Arlington to continue weighing options on future VRE station in Crystal City. Image by brownpau licensed under Creative Commons. (Martin Di Caro / WAMU), Arlington's planning commission will take more time to study where a new VRE station should go in Crystal City, rather than move forward with the plan popular with VRE and county staff to keep the station close to the Metro station. LinksBy Matt Gontarchick (Contributor) September 11, 2017 26. Submit it here. Have a tip for the links? Arbitration: (e) “remove the mandatory-binding-arbitration provision associated with union contract negotiations” is a key debate. Despite being a tireless advocate for smart growth and public transit, Matt can still be seen on the weekends cruising around in his sweet 2007 Toyota Camry. Metro’s unions can’t strike, but instead, arbitrators resolve any contract dispute. Negotiations are currently ongoing between WMATA and Hitachi to finalise the terms of the contract following the submission of a notice of intent to Hitachi Rail USA on September 30. WMATA said it couldn’t afford that cost without raising fares; The contract, which was ratified by 93 percent of ATU 689 members, is being presented by WMATA and the union as putting an end to the privatization of transit operations. This is more than enough to offset the added costs from the budget’s modest improvements, including the restoration of late night services, which were cut in 2016, and free transfers between rail and bus. FILE PHOTO: ALEXANDER BROWN/THE HOYA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority services saw severe disruptions this week, as the authority and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 589, the largest union representing WMATA employees, clashed over contract negotiations. Unfortunately, as this dispute has demonstrated, WMATA likely needs to take a more proactive role in ensuring that this provision of its contracts is enforced. The budget announcement comes after the nearly three-month strike by 130 bus workers at the Cinder Bed Road garage. All text, and images marked as created by the article's author, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. However, the self-described “democratic socialist” covered for the ATU’s sellout in a tweet hailing the ratification of the deal. (Jenna Portnoy / Post). Within each 5 year period, the Concession Agreement can be terminated for cause only. (Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian), Montgomery County is getting tough on negligent landlords by hiring more home inspectors to inspect multifamily properties every two years and by launching a campaign to help low-income tenants know their rights. To do this, transit workers must form independent rank-and-file committees, run by workers themselves. The workers are employed by Transdev, which contracts with WMATA to operate several bus routes in Northern Virginia. In a photo-op on the picket line, Sanders ignored the role of the Obama administration in forcing through wage cuts in the auto industry in 2009. The budget calls for a raising of fares across the board, for all trips, by 10 cents, with the longest distance trips increasing by $1. When negotiating contracts with vendors, for example, your company may push for the ability to pay month … At the time, the ATU Local 1764 officials declared that local Democratic Party representatives had stepped into the dispute between Connector drivers and their employer, requiring they end their strike and return to the bargaining table. The Washington Post is reporting that the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is in negotiations with Hitachi Rail to build 256 8000-Series rapid transit cars, with an option to purchase up to 800. Finally, nearly an hour after the meeting’s scheduled start time, the WMATA board members trickled in. While the Transdev workers were certainly willing to sacrifice, the ATU relied on this hardship to wear the strike down. The contract has already been approved by the members of Local 689, which represents most of WMATA’s Metrobus… Q40. We also understand that WMATA believes this to be a sufficient practice to ensure that all WMATA contract employees are fairly compensated. negotiation, and/or contract administration. Riders of parallel bus systems which serve localities would not receive the free transfer. The average salary for Wmata employees is $100,188 per year. The ATU Local 689 has yet to make an official statement on the Metro budget cuts. Earlier versions of the budget had said nothing about the proposed cuts in bus services. The remaining four issues are currently being remediated. In a statement on January 16, the ATU praised the “overwhelming” contract ratification by ATU members at Transdev. Employing bureaucratic language, the proposal states that cutting bus routes in areas which are already underserved will create “a stronger network of services with fewer route branches and variations and better [utilize] capacity.”. Facilities, Section 52. WMATA Selects Hitachi Rail for 8000-Series Cars Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor. Fairfax County officials hope that the move will catalyze future development. We also understand that WMATA believes this to be a sufficient practice to ensure that all WMATA contract employees are fairly compensated. Transdev workers, who earn $12 less an hour than their public sector counterparts, demanded raises, healthcare benefits, and an end to the privatization of public services in the Washington, DC area. The current budget is an exposure of the role of the ATU, whose new contract with the WMATA in December was supposedly aimed at ending outsourcing and privatization in the Metro. The new five-year contract was ratified last week by Local 2 members and will take effect immediately upon approval by WMATA’s Board of Directors in September. International Committee of the Fourth International. On January 6, the date of the last publicly available bargaining update for Connector, ATU 1764 officials told workers to prepare to go back out on strike if Transdev and the union did not have an agreement within a week. As vice president under Barack Obama, Biden is directly responsible for the record increases in social inequality which were the intended product of Obama’s policies, which included freezes to social spending. The contract, a collective bargaining agreement with contractor Transdev that sets guidelines on annual raises and calls for an improved benefits package, still needs to … The workers are employed by Transdev, which contracts with WMATA to operate several bus routes in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, as this dispute has demonstrated, WMATA likely needs to take a more proactive role in ensuring that this provision of its contracts is enforced. Not only did the union and WMATA come to an agreement without a bitter arbitration process, but it’s a good deal for riders and taxpayers. WMATA's biggest union ended contract negotiations with WMATA because WMATA wants to replace its pension fund with a 401(k). Visit PayScale to research Wmata salaries, bonuses, reviews, benefits, and more! The first privately operated WMATA bus garage in more than 40 years, Cinder Bed is managed by Transdev, a French multinational corporation that specializes in taking over public transportation systems and slashing wages and benefits. (Katherine Shaver / Post), Some area jurisdictions have challenges to address if they want to snag Amazon's new headquarters. At a public hearing in January, WMATA general manager Paul J. Wiedefeld justified the cuts by citing laws limiting local funding increases to 3 percent per year. “The current constructs that we have, the financial constructs, we have to work within that [sic].” The deliberate aim of these laws is to starve the public transit network of funding. Now a federal mediator will decide on the new contract terms. Prepare WMATA's estimate for proposed Contract modifications. What events constitute “cause” is subject to negotiation. (Chris Teale / ARLnow), Maryland public officials and residents say the state isn't doing enough to communicate news on construction related to the Purple Line, citing the closure of the Georgetown Branch Trail with only a few days' notice as an example. Contract negotiation is the process of coming to an agreement on a set of legally binding terms (here, we’ll focus on negotiation between two companies). In addition, the scheme will charge an additional 25 cents to those who pay for their fares with cash, which will disproportionately affect those with lower incomes. Close the contracts and task orders once all requirements have been accepted by the Authority. The contract covers the manufacture and supply of an initial order for 256 8000 series metro cars with an option for an additional 800, to be delivered from 2024 onwards. They must appeal for support, not from the capitalist Democratic Party, but from the working class, which stands to be impacted by the attacks on public services and living conditions. The Union agrees to assume responsibility to insure compliance with the requirements established by federal court decisions with respect to the constitutional rights of service fee payors. During the nearly three-month strike, the statement adds, workers “risked eviction and foreclosure … Many members had to delay essential medical care and spent what little savings they had. Transdev bus operators and maintenance workers at Cinder Bed have … resolved, pending negotiation of escrow account to cover increased maintenance costs. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Contract No. The union’s endorsement is a flip from 2016, when it endorsed Bernie Sanders in the primaries. Section 5. WMATA and JLREP expects the proposals to include all premiums required to complete the project on or ahead of the schedule listed in the present RFQ. However, it is the current intent of WMATA to exercise each 5 year option up to a total of 50 years. The ATU forced through a tentative agreement before workers had a chance to sufficiently study the agreement. Metro expects to reduce its healthcare costs by approximately $2.3 million over the term of the contract … They clearly weren’t eager for the public comment section of the day’s meeting, in which they’d have to hear from the workers at Cinder Bed Road garage, who had walked off the job 29 days before thanks to failed contract negotiations. GGWash is supported by our members, corporate supporters, and foundations. Instead, workers were forced to vote immediately after an all-day “informational” meeting at Local 689. Matt Gontarchick is a government affairs and business development professional with a passion for all things DC area. In reality, the Democrats have spearheaded the cuts to social services in the DC area. Following the signing of a new four-year contract between the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, transit officials have announced plans to cut bus routes and increase fares for riders of the system. The Operating Contract. However, the latest proposal calls for the elimination and “restructuring” of 68 routes in the WMATA bus system. Some strikers borrowed money from friends and family to survive for nearly three months.”. In a statement Saturday, ATU President John A. Costa announced its endorsement of Joe Biden in the presidential primaries. As the World Socialist Web Site Transit Workers Newsletter warned workers at the time, the deal would “extend the low-wage regime in the private sector to the public system, while utilizing the ATU to enforce the attacks on the public workers.” This has now been confirmed. 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Receive from the Contractor, monthly, if applicable, DBE status reports and forward them to the DBE Office; xiii. (Antonio Olivo / Post), Properties in DC that are owned by foreign governments don't have to pay property taxes or follow building codes, so residents have to go through the State Department or do their own outreach when properties become neglected. The last contract expired in June 2016. In October 1985, WMATA awarded the $24.9 million contract to excavate the tunnel between the Waterfront and Navy Yard stations to Harrison Western Corp. WMATA's board awarded a $41.5 million contract for the construction of the Anacostia station to Kiewit Construction Co. in June 1985, and said the station would open in 1990. WMATA's biggest union ended contract negotiations with WMATA because WMATA wants to replace its pension fund with a 401(k). Approve, in writing, the Contractor's progress schedule when required; xii. When two companies negotiate, both parties seek to obtain favorable terms and minimize financial, legal and operational risk. The last contract expired in June 2016. Not only has no contract proposal materialized, but the union has ceased even making public updates on the negotiations. They have controlled the mayor’s office and the city council since home rule began in 1975. 2. Continue the conversation about urbanism in the Washington region and support GGWash’s news and advocacy when you join the GGWash Neighborhood! Last Thursday, the WMATA Board of Directors voted to ratify a contract with Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. This is the first strike at WMATA since 1978. The latest developments within the metro system underscore the need for metro workers to take their struggle out of the hands of the ATU, as a necessary first step for organizing a genuine struggle against privatization and budget cuts. The union has been in negotiations since February. 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