Following regular DASH members and ATU Local bargaining teams, a provisional contract is now being awarded to union members for approval voting on Wednesday. The agreement provides for improvements in wages, social benefits and working conditions for DASH bus operators and includes return-to-work offers for two laid-off employees. To match Metrobus, the new agreement would increase DASH`s start hour pay from 17 to 21.32 $US and the peak salary from 29 to 32.80 $US, the union announced on Sunday (May 26th). Drivers would continue to receive a wage increase of half a percent a year over the next three years. DASH drivers could reach a higher salary in seven years. According to GMEU, “a pair of hyphens can be used to include a remark in parentheses or mark the end and repetition of a statement by an interlocutor.” However, it is preferable not to use parentheses in contracts, just as contracts are not the right place for non-restrictive covenants (see MSCD 12.52). Another historic development in Indo-US relations, achieved at the last minute, was the framework of the 2006 civil nuclear deal. It was signed in Delhi, but its foundation stone was laid in a series of meetings and exchanges that took place a year earlier in Washington DC. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents DASH bus drivers, reached a preliminary agreement with DASH management on Saturday (May 18th) to increase drivers` salaries and benefits and avoid strikes. Here is a reconstruction of these late-evening and early morning negotiations, based on the memories of the main actors involved in the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the framework of the agreement between President Bush and Prime Minister Singh on the morning of 18 July 2005. The agreement allowed India to inspect its nuclear facilities for civil use, mainly with regard to electricity generation.
Alexandria, VA – Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 (ATU Local) jointly announce that the parties have reached an interim agreement on a contract for employees of Transit Management of Alexandria. “I am pleased that they have been able to reach an agreement that will allow us to continue to provide a high level of service to our residents and support our drivers,” said Mayor Justin Wilson. Although he was asked to comment on the Council`s responsibility to DASH, neither he nor other Council members responded. The deal, which Dash drivers have yet to ratify, would make DASH`s salaries and benefits comparable to Metro`s. It would also avoid a strike that the union, coupled with the summer closure of Alexandria`s Metrorail stations, would carry out as early as this week. DASH routes will serve as a transit alternative for thousands of displaced metro commuters.. . . .