Bus Company Cancels Contract Days After Employee Vote to Unionize

A unit of 22 bus drivers for Columbia County’s “CC Rider” Transit Service voted to join Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757. Days later, the bus contractor employer – MTR Western – lawfully ended its contract with Columbia County. Seattle-based MTR, a non-union charter bus operator, outbid an incumbent union contractor last July to win a bus contract with the City of Corvallis. These workers learned the hard way that unions cannot guarantee employment.


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