WIN Annual Reports June 2018 Midyear Report - Page 8

TRANSIT In DC, both the Circulator Bus and Streetcar are privatized creating a race to the bottom for wages and benefits for these workers. After a successful campaign in 2016 with ATU Local 1764 which led to a new 3-year contract for Circulator workers that increased wages, tripled employer contributions to worker 401(k) plans, and included ensured drivers don’t have to operate buses that do not meet safety standards; WIN & ATU have kept organizing with DC’s privatized transit workers. In 2017, WIN continued organizing with workers at the Circulator and expanded to working with Street Car workers demanding: DC Government bring the Circulator in-house in FY19 and ensure government healthcare and retirement benefits for the 200 operators and mechanics. Photo by David Choy Multinational contractor RDMT & DC Government ensure the 30+ Streetcar workers get wages, healthcare and retirement befitting public employees. During the summer of 2017 WIN organized “Transit Tuesday” events that informed DC residents about the the plight of privatized workers. On October 23, 2017, WIN held a 200-person action with DC Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans raising these issues. WIN kept up the pressure on the contractor for Streetcar workers by holding a 30-person action at the company office on Halloween delivering a list of demands to the Streetcar General Manager. In January 2018, WIN leaders & workers testified at the confirmation hearing of new DDOT Director Marootian. 2018 MIDYEAR REPORT Photo by David Choy 8