Going through the motions in bargaining

This will sound familiar to union school bus drivers at the company’s other locations: In the South Umpqua School District, multinational bus contractor First Student is accused by Oregon School Employees Association of playing games instead of bargaining in good faith as required by law.

Since the union contract expired Aug. 30, the union says, two bargaining sessions have taken place at which the employer’s negotiator was unprepared to bargain in any meaningful way, and came without the authority to make a deal. That’s when they meet. Mostly First Student’s bargainer is unavailable, the union says: OSEA has offered more than 50 dates to meet since May 19.

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