CATA workers to demand better work conditions at board meeting

Published: Aug. 21, 2019 at 3:28 PM EDT
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CATA workers will be addressing some of their concerns at a CATA Board Meeting Wednesday.

Workers are looking to demand better paratransit service, working conditions and living wages. Protesting intimidation and poor labor practices from contractor Transdev is also expected to happen at the meeting, according to a press release.

"This paratransit transportation is a lifeline for seniors and people with disabilities throughout our city. Private contractor Transdev's poor treatment and intimidation of workers has left this critical service unreliable and undependable," said Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International Vice President Anthony Garland, who has been leading contract discussions for CATA workers with Transdev. "It's time for the CATA board to hold Transdev accountable and demand better treatment of workers and improve service."

The workers have recently marched on Transdev's Lansing operations and a Lansing City Council Meeting to demand living wages, real healthcare and respect on the job. according to the press release.

The meeting is expected to take place at the CATA Headquarters at 4 p.m.

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