After eight years without a wage increase and a year and a half without a contract, a majority of MARTA employees represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732 voted on Saturday to ratify a new contract. “This is a great day for all working people in Atlanta,” said ATU Local 732 President Curtis Howard. “This shows what can happen when we pull together to come up with a solution that puts the needs of our community first.”
“Our members are out there every day to transport people to their jobs, school, work, doctor’s appointments, and other daily tasks safely and on time. We care about our riders and they care about us. This contract is a strong step towards improving public transit throughout the Atlanta region.”
The new contract includes wage increases and practical solutions on health care and other workplace issues.
Howard praised the support of MARTA riders—including a coalition of riders with disabilities, ASO Symphony musicians, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and their leader Greg Fann, Emmaus Road Baptist Church, fast food workers, and dozens of other community groups.
"We thank all the riders, advocates, community partners and allies for their support in our fight, and we look forward to standing with them to continue making transit in Atlanta affordable, reliable and accessible for all,” Howard continued. “This is a victory for all Atlantans and we could not have achieved it without them.”
MARTA’s Board of Directors is expected to vote on the agreement soon.