On May 17th, Local 757 partnered with our friends at Portland Jobs with Justice to hold a hearing of the Portland-area Workers Rights Board, to highlight labor and human rights abuses in TriMet’s LIFT paratransit service, which is operated by outside contractor First Transit, a multinational corporation based in Scotland.
After hearing testimony from LIFT operators and riders about the conditions they face on the service, the Board found that First Transit fails to meet the basic needs of riders, and that operators are suffering through inhumane working conditions. Paratransit should be a lifeline for people with disabilities and elders, but LIFT falls far short in practice.
The Board also found a model that sets out the gold standard for how paratransit should operate: C-VAN, the in-house service operated by C-TRAN in Vancouver.
Read the Workers Rights Board’s full report and recommendations for improving LIFT service at the link below. And stay tuned – this campaign is just heating up!