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.External Link
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?”
Today's Drive Up Standards profile is of Will Dost, a coach operator in Tucson, Arizona. Dost was one of 500 workers who took to the strike line in the late summer and early fall of 2015 demanding respect from their employer, Sun Tran. For 42 days, Dost and his co-workers stood in solidarity under the hot Tucson sun and, in the end, won an excellent new contract for Sun Tran workers. The following story from the Fall 2015 issue of Teamster magazine tells the incredible story of the Local 104 members.
I started working as an unorganized school bus driver for First Student in 2004. Before forming our union, my co-workers and I had no voice on the job. On March 30, 2007 that all changed. We voted to become Teamsters. Through the help of the Drive Up Standards, my co-workers and I found our voice and were on our way to winning respect through our first Teamster contract.
Before becoming a school bus driver, I served as a communications specialist in the U.S. Army for several years. After leaving the army, I found work with a telecommunications company and really enjoyed it until the company tanked following the recession.
(BALTIMORE) – Today, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa rallied with First Student drivers and monitors who transport students for Baltimore City Public Schools to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Teamsters Union’s Drive Up Standards campaign.External Link
My name is Willie Barnes and I’ve been driving a school bus for over 20 years. I’ve been a shop steward for over 10 years.
I want to share a story about our First Student yard, St. Andrews terminal in Los Angeles, Calif.
Shareholders Critical of Company’s Exclusion of Resolution; Concerned with Increased Labor Rights Violations in US
(LONDON) – Today, some institutional and individual shareholders are criticizing National Express (NEX: LON) for refusing to hold a vote on a resolution at this year’s annual general meeting (AGM). The shareholders denounced the company for failing to address labour violations abroad and suppressing shareholders’ right to a vote on an issue of concern.External Link
(WASHINGTON) – Today, National Express Group PLC (LSE:NEX.L) investors, including British public service union UNISON and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, are criticising the company’s decision to withhold a shareholder resolution from its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) agenda. At last year’s AGM, the resolution received the highest shareholder vote of support ever achieved for a labour rights issue at a United Kingdom-based PLC.External Link