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Discipline, but no termination for wildcat strikers: 1978 | by Washington Area Spark
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Discipline, but no termination for wildcat strikers: 1978

The Washington Metro system had been beset by three wildcat strikes and a work-to-the rule within a four-year period.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority sought to discipline workers who led and participated in the July 1978 strike over the refusal to pay a cost-of-living increase provided for in the labor agreement.


Workers eventually won the dispute, but over a 100 were disciplined for the strike and eight were fired for their roles in the work stoppage.


An arbitrator ruled November 27, 1978 on four fired defendants finding that discipline was warranted but that the terminations should be reduced to suspensions, largely because Metro had not disciplined employees for prior strikes or job actions.


The finding also affirmed that strikes are illegal under the Interstate Compact that created Metro that provides for “final and binding arbitration of all disputes.”


For a PDF of the full 47-page, 8 ½ x 11 award, see


For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see


For more information and related images, see


A copy of the arbitration award was donated by Craig Simpson


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Taken on November 27, 1978