Statement of House Leadership on authorized Metro strike, violating the binding three-state Metro compact

July 16, 2018

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo, and Majority Whip Nick Rush released the following statement Monday on the Metro strike authorized by ATU 689.

“Over the weekend Metro employees from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 voted to authorize a strike in direct violation of the binding, three-state Metro compact. This action is illegal on its face, would be devastating to Northern Virginia, and must be challenged immediately.

“This year, Republicans in the House of Delegates recognized the value of Metro and committed $154 million in dedicated funding in exchange for key reforms that will ensure Metro’s long-term viability. The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year. We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.

“Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring should immediately move to challenge this in federal court to uphold the compact, protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”