In a copyrighted story, Laborpress reporter Joe Maniscalco reports on the TWU's latest organizing win -- a new contract for bikeshare workers in our nation's capital.
New York, NY - TWU bikeshare workers in the nation’s capital ratified their first-ever contract last Friday, solidifying an almost five-year deal that not only raises wages, guarantees benefits and provides job security — but also serves an another indication that while significant obstacles remain, the American Labor Movement is on the march.
“We are proud of the solid worker-led contract victory,” TWU Executive Vice President John Samuelsen said in a statement. “TWU continues to advance wages and improve working conditions for bikeshare workers, and we continue to organize in cities not yet under contract.”
Bikeshare mechanics and technicians here in New York City set the stage for that ongoing campaign when they became the first such workers in North America to successfully secure a contract last summer.
At the time, Samuelsen told LaborPress that the newly-minted contract would, indeed, become the template for other bikeshare contracts around the country.
“The bikeshare industry is in its infant stages right now, perhaps a few thousand workers,” Samuelsen said. “But within the next 20 years, there’ll be tens of thousands of workers in the industry. We’ve broken down the door so to speak in the bikeshare industry with a collective bargaining agreement. We expect that the 200 workers in New York that are covered by this first contract will lead to thousands and thousands of workers being covered by COBs around the country within the next decade or so.”