Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Portland Business Alliance’s New TriMet-Based Pipeline for Indentured Labor

I want to expand on something I brought up in my critique of TriMet’s new business plan: the company’s new partnership with Portland Patrol, Inc. to create a new kind of security presence on transit, called “Transit Peace Officers.” Specifically, I want to elaborate on my fear that the PPI contract, in concert with TriMet’s new fine-or-community-service system to resolve fare evasion citations, creates a mechanism for the Portland Business Alliance to effectively force low-income folks to provide free labor for the Clean & Safe Program.

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