Bus Rider United is a coalition group that the Labor Education Center helped form with the Community Economic Development Center and the two unions of bus drivers and bus maintenance workers in Fall River and New Bedford (ATU 174 and 1037). Ultimately the bus riders organized, with organizational supporters, and spoke with a united voice.
Bus Riders United represents hundreds of bus riders in the Fall River, Dartmouth, and New Bedford area and has the following current coalition partners:
Siggy Meilus, organizer of Bus Riders United
Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center ·Amalgamated Transit Union Local 174 · Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1037 · Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Ma · Coalition for Social Justice · Hands Across the River Coalition
Siggy Meilus, former UMass Dartmouth student leader and current organizer for Bus Riders United, began this work as a paid intern of the Labor Education Center.
Brian Pastori of Bus Riders United advocates for better service at Fall River Government Center, with former Mayor Flanagan of Fall River on the left and Gary Pires and Tony Sousa of the Amalgamated Transit Union, New Bedford Local 1037 on the right.