Teamsters Secure Historic National Master Agreement At First Student
Drivers and monitors at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011.
The four-year contract covers all First Student workers who are already Teamsters and will positively benefit any First Student workers who vote to become Teamsters. The agreement provides immediate, standard language from which to build upon and is the first of its kind in the busing industry.
“By banding together as Teamsters, workers at First Student have secured better job protections for themselves and their families,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “This contract exemplifies what can be done through hard work and determination, and First Student Teamsters everywhere should be proud of their accomplishments.”
Benefits of Our Contract:
The contract offers First Student workers a number of gains many never thought possible. Among its many attributes is a “best of both worlds” clause that allows local unions to choose the highest standards from either an existing local agreement or the national contract, preventing any workers from bargaining down.
The contract also:
- Lowers the qualification threshold for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from 1,250 hours worked to 700 hours worked;
- Offers whistleblower protections for employees who point out unsafe equipment or working conditions;
- Offers paid jury duty leave for up to three weeks;
- Offers employer-paid uniforms for any workers required to wear them; and
Creates a national grievance procedure by establishing the Joint National Grievance Review Committee (JNGRC). Comprised of four representatives from both the union and the company, the JNGRC will meet quarterly to review and hopefully resolve grievances before those grievances go to arbitration.