Striking workers at Metro’s Cinder Bed Road bus garage in Lorton will return to work while their union continues negotiations with Transdev, the private contractor that employs them, according to an agreement outlined in a letter obtained Monday by The Washington Post. But a union leader called the description of the deal “misleading.”
The agreement is the outgrowth of a four-year deal that Metro reached last week with its largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.
In the letter sent Monday to John King, regional vice president for Transdev North America, Metro General Manager Paul J. Weidefeld wrote that once the contract is approved by ATU’s members and by Metro’s board of directors, the Cinder Bed Road workers will return to their jobs.
“As a result of this agreement, the ATU has agreed to return employees to duty status at the Cinder Bed Road facility while Transdev continues to negotiate with the ATU,” Weidefeld wrote. According to the letter, the ratification of the labor agreement is expected “within the week.”