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At Alta Corporate HQ, Father Mosbrucker implores Alta heads to respect workers’ rights.
Wednesday June 19
PORTLAND—Today, members of Portland Jobs With Justice and community supporters, led by Catholic Priest Father Jack Mosbrucker, delivered a petition of over 1300 names to Alta Bicycle Share in support of Capital Bikeshare workers in Washington DC. These workers have received substantially lower wages and health & welfare benefits than they are entitled to under the Alta-DDOT contracts.
Earlier in the day, the same petition was handed to the Department of Transport in Washington DC as well as local management.
The company was urged to fulfill its obligations to the workers, and to become the leader in green jobs that they claim to be. We also made clear that any retaliation against workers in response to their activism around this issue would be unacceptable.
The Portland community has serious concerns about a locally owned company that treats their employees in such a way. We will continue to monitor the situation and will respond if the matter isn’t brought to a swift and satisfactory conclusion. With Alta planning to extend bike share to other cities, including Portland, we insist that the growth of the company should not come at the expense of their employees who are struggling to make ends meet.
Portland Jobs with Justice: www.jwjpdx.org