(OAKLAND, Calif.) – First Student school bus drivers in Oakland, Calif., have voted by an overwhelming 15-1 margin in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif. The 150 drivers transport children in the Oakland Unified School District.
Teamsters Honor School Bus Worker Contributions To Safety During National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20-24
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is honoring school bus workers—including the more than 75,000 Teamster school bus workers—for their dedication to safety and service during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20-24.
I have been a school bus driver in Salem, N.H., for 26 years. For 16 of those years, I have been a Teamster shop steward. It has not always been easy being a shop steward. People who have never been in a union before tend to view a union as a group of men in suits who should fight for you for any reason that comes up. We, the drivers, are the union. When experienced and new drivers come together, there is a lot to be learned from everyone involved.
During an organizing drive, things are not always simple, but there is one singular focus. All you have to do is climb this one last hill, win the election together as one big unit, and all will be right with the world.
First Student school bus drivers and monitors in Adrian, Mich., have voted to join Teamsters Local 1038 in Detroit. There are 29 drivers and monitors in the bargaining unit.
School bus mechanics play a critical role in keeping drivers, monitors and the students that they transport safe. In this article by Irma Robinson, a Teamster driver with Local 633 in New Hampshire, we see just how important it is to appreciate our mechanics! Read Irma’s story here.