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Durham School Services to Bargain with Teamsters in Santa Rosa County, Florida

(WASHINGTON) – More than three years after Durham School Services bus drivers and monitors voted overwhelmingly for union representation in Santa Rosa County, Fla., Teamsters Local 991 announced the company has agreed to meet at the bargaining table beginning July 12.

Local 542 Members Win Battle for Higher Wages, Better Benefits

The decision to strike is never easy. The picket line brings stress not just to the strikers, but to their families, their communities and everyone who depends on their labor.

For hundreds of Local 542 members who provide paratransit services for MTS Access in San Diego, walking off the job came with the added difficulty of leaving thousands of passengers who rely on their service. But it was a necessary inconvenience to keep the paratransit system running properly, according to Local 542 member Lisette Iribe, a reservationist at MTS who took to the strike line.

Lockport School Bus Workers Choose Teamsters

On Friday, school bus drivers and monitors at STA/Ridge Road Express who transport students for the Lockport City School District and Starpoint Central School District overcame tough opposition from management to join the Teamsters Union. The nearly 200 school bus workers voted decisively in favor of Teamsters Local 449 in Buffalo, N.Y, calling for improved working conditions and wages, respect on the job and assurances that they will be paid for all hours worked. 

Eric Griffith, Local 512, Jacksonville, Florida

Some of the saddest things I’ve heard over the years are the “reasons” that people give for not getting involved, whether it’s with their local union or important issues that need attention in their yard or work area. They give reasons like, “Oh, I just don’t have the time” or “I don’t want the company to get upset with me.” And the list goes on and on.

Many of us are busy between runs and after work, so making time can be a challenge, but at some point we have to ask ourselves, “What happens when we don’t get involved?” and “Does it make a difference when we do get involved?”