Robert Connelly and Micki LaBagh began careers in the bus industry in 1974. They have served the Middletown, N.Y. community for over 82 years and are proud members of Local 445. They support the union because the Teamsters helped them attain wage increases and gave them a voice at STA. The Teamsters salute them for their years of service to children and their dedication to the union!
(LOCKPORT, N.Y.) – On Dec. 10, Teamster school bus drivers and aides that work for Student Transportation of America and serve the Lockport, N.Y. and Starpoint, N.Y. school districts ratified their first contract after a vote for Teamster representation on May 20. There are 210 workers in the bargaining unit.
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(CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.) – Teamster transit and paratransit drivers for First Transit in Cheektowaga, N.Y. ratified their first contract with the company on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. There are 45 workers in the bargaining unit.
The drivers, who serve upstate New York communities including Cuba, N.Y., Olean, N.Y. and Wellsville, N.Y., will be receiving initial wage increases of 15 percent, with annual step increases in the contract. Seniority for bidding on new job opportunities is now mandated.
(TACOMA, Wash.) – On Sept. 29, 2016, drivers and monitors at First Student in Steilacoom, Wash. voted unanimously to join the Teamsters. The 21 drivers and monitors in the bargaining unit will become members of Local 313.
The workers filed for the union election with the National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 20, 2016 and the results were certified on Oct. 12, 2016. The drivers and monitors will immediately be entitled to reap the benefits of the existing, industry-leading, First Student National Master Agreement.
(STONINGTON, Conn.) – Drivers at a First Student yard in Stonington, Conn. voted overwhelmingly to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. More than 86 percent of the voting drivers chose the Teamsters union.
(WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced the formation of the Teamsters National School Bus Safety Committee in honor of National School Bus Safety Week, which begins today. The committee is being formed to address safety issues at school bus companies throughout the United States and Canada.
(SANTA ROSA, Fla.) –Today, Teamster bus drivers and monitors at Durham School Services in Santa Rosa County, Fla. voted overwhelmingly, 85-1, in favor of their first agreement with the company.
This agreement, reached on Oct.8, 2016, is a victory for these workers, who voted overwhelmingly to form a union with the Teamsters in February 2013. For more than three years, Durham refused to recognize the results of the secret ballot election conducted and certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the federal agency charged with overseeing US labor laws.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is proud to participate in the 2016 National School Bus Safety Week. With more than 46,000 Teamster bus members across the United States and Canada, our union is committed to the highest standard of safety for our members and the students and community members they transport.
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