ATU International News

Baltimore sues bus operator Transdev, alleging it overcharged the city by $20 million

Baltimore is suing the operator of the city’s free shuttle bus service alleging the company, Transdev North America, overbilled it by more than $20 million.

The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges that over the past eight years Transdev billed the city for thousands of hours more than were actually worked to provide the bus service known as Charm City Circulator. The city is seeking compensation for the alleged overbilling.

The Charm City Circulator consists of a fleet of buses that provide service on four routes in the city’s central business district. Transdev also operates bus and paratransit services in the Washington region.

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Janus decision attacks worker rights, igniting a new generation of union activists

Statement by ATU International President Larry Hanley on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME, Council 31 case:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark anti-worker ruling that advances the attack on labor by trying to limit our power to fight. But, in the process, it has already sparked a new generation of union activists.

“While this decision is both unjust and, frankly, unfair and stupid, it’s happening at a time workers, especially in right-to-work states—are more conscious than ever of the need to unite and fight back. Recent successful teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma have shown what happens when workers’ backs are pushed against the wall.

“At the ATU, we didn’t take a wait and see approach. We knew where the Supreme Court was heading, so we used the past year to rediscover our roots, strengthen our locals, and engage tens of thousands of members who have recommitted to the trade union cause.

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