Tillamook bus drivers get 5-year contract


Workers at Tillamook County Transportation District on Feb. 10 unanimously ratified a five-year contract that raises starting wages about 22% over the life of the contract.

The transportation district, also known as “The Wave,” provides public transportation services throughout northwest Oregon. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 represents 26 workers at the district, including drivers, dispatchers, and vehicle maintenance employees. Tillamook County Transportation District board members signed off on the agreement at a Feb. 21 board meeting. It took effect March 1. 

Under the contract, which expires June 30, 2028, all workers received at least a 10% retroactive cost of living raise covering July 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023. Then, they got a second 3.5% boost retroactive to Jan. 1, 2024. Wages go up 2.5% in 2025 and 2026 and 2% in 2027.

The contract also adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday; provides workers five days of paid bereavement leave, up from three in the previous agreement; and doubles the rate of annual vacation accrual for workers in their first two years on the job, up to 10 days from five. 


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