The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) bus drivers will hold a solidarity rally at the Massachusetts State House Wednesday.
VTA drivers went on strike last month, demanding fair wages, affordable healthcare, and safe working conditions. They have been picketing outside the Steamship Authority terminals in Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. Some drivers have offered free rides to tourists and Islanders.
The New England Jewish Labor Committee is helping organize the rally. The drivers have seen support from other labor groups, senators, representatives, and even 2020 presidential candidates.
At a contentious meeting last week, the VTA’s advisory board unanimously voted to have drivers, the union representing them, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), and the driver’s parent company, Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) return to the negotiating table.
The rally will take place at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, at 12 pm. People interested in attending should RSVP to JLC executive director Ari Fertig at NewEnglandJLC@jewishlabor.org.