Bike-share vendor coming to S.F. is accused of unfair labor practices 

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The private vendor slated to oversee San Francisco’s fledgling bike-sharing network has been accused of unfair labor practices by its mechanics and truck drivers, who allege that the company collectively owes 16 employees more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

Alta Bicycle Share, a Portland, Ore.-based company, has partnered with local public agencies to oversee a regional bike-sharing network in the Bay Area, which includes 350 bikes and 35 stations in San Francisco for the initial rollout. The system is scheduled to launch in August.

According to a release filed Tuesday by Alta workers, the company has failed to provide prevailing wages or adequate health benefits over the past 18 months. The workers include mechanics and re-balancers—truck drivers who go from station to station to redistribute bikes throughout the network. One employee is reportedly owed more than $11,000.

Samuel Swenson, a former mechanic at the company, said there are no plans for any sort of strike or work stoppage. However, he said he hopes the attention will force Alta to address the claims.

Alta did not respond to requests for comment.

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