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Black and white version of transit union logo: 1987 ca.

A black and white version of the logo of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. A color version of black, white, red and blue has been in use at least the late 1980s.

 

The union primarily represents workers at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, or Metro), but also D.C. Streetcar, Alexandria DASH, Transdev employees at the WMATA Cinder Bed Road garage and workers at several paratransit companies.

 

The union traces its roots back to 1916 when a three-day strike won arbitration of issues at the Capitol Traction and Washington Railway and Electric companies, but not union recognition. Capital Traction recognized the union the following year and negotiated a contract, but the larger Washington Railway did not and broke the union at that company after a strike.

 

When Capital Traction bought the WRE in 1934, those workers came under Local 689 representation.

 

The D.C. Transit system (created in 1956 after the sale of Capital Traction) acquired several private bus companies, including the WV&M in Arlington. WMATA acquired the D.C. Transit holdings and the former AB&W garages in Arlington and Alexandria and Local 689 obtained representation rights at all of these formerly privately operated companies. They lost a bid to represent the former WM&A company employees at a WMATA garage in Prince George’s County, Maryland who were represented by the Teamsters Union.

 

In 1975 the union reached an agreement with WMATA that sealed exclusive representation rights to blue collar Metrorail employees.

 

The union represents approximately over 13,500 active and retired workers in 2020.

 

For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see washingtonareaspark.com/2020/03/16/george-davis-and-the-t...

 

For more information and related images, see flic.kr/s/aHsju93ncL

 

The image was created by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. This version was donated by Craig Simpson

 

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Taken circa 1988