VTA drivers see support from nurses

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VTA drivers cheer after they're presented with a check from the Mass. Nurses Association. — Gabrielle Mannino

Massachusetts’ largest union of registered nurses made a show of solidarity with the striking Vineyard Transit Authority bus drivers Friday.

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association presented VTA drivers with a novelty check for $3,000 to go toward the drivers’ strike fund. Drivers went on strike on June 28, seeking better wages, better healthcare, and job security.

The nurses met drivers at the Steamship Authority terminal in Oak Bluffs to present the check and meet the drivers. 

The donation came the day after VTA drivers and their parent company Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) struck a tentative agreement on a contract. Drivers ratified the agreement on Sunday.

“We’re here to show solidarity,” Beth Piknick, a Nurses Association board member, said. “It’s tough to be on strike, but community support is vital.”