(LONDON) – Doreen Lawrence, Baroness of Clarendon and a member of Britain’s House of Lords, met today with Dot Scott, president of the Charleston, S.C., chapter of the NAACP, on issues concerning civil rights, human rights and workplace conditions at Durham School Services in the United States. Durham is the school bus subsidiary of United Kingdom-based National Express Group PLC (NEX: LON) and the second-largest school bus transportation company in the U.S.
On May 1, 32 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter urging the National Express Board of Directors to institute an independent review of Durham. Click to view the letter.
National Express has come under renewed pressure from one of America’s most powerful unions to reform working practices at a subsidiary that carries more than a million children a day to and from school. Read more, here.
(WASHINGTON) – A report released today by two Members of United Kingdom’s Parliament, Ian Lavery and Jim Sheridan, reveals serious labor rights violations at National Express Group PLC (LON: NEX) operations in the United States. The report’s recommendations support a Teamster-sponsored shareholder resolution that will be voted on at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders on May 6 in London.
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – Drivers and mechanics with First Transit in Auburn, Ala., have voted by an overwhelming 3-1 margin in favor of Teamsters representation. The 116 workers, who provide transportation services for students at Auburn University, chose to join Teamsters Local 612 in Birmingham, Ala., seeking respect, fair pay and improved working conditions.
School bus workers in Santa Rosa County, Fla., gathered Saturday to mark the two-year anniversary of their vote to join Teamsters Local 991 in Mobile, Ala. Although a joyous afternoon for workers and their families, the event was also a somber reminder of the ongoing struggle in the fight to obtain union recognition. Read more, here.
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – First Student drivers, monitors and technicians who provide school bus service to Georgia’s Chatham County schools have ratified a new contract that provides summer pay. The workers voted overwhelmingly, 117 to 4, on Sun., March 1 to ratify the agreement.External Link
(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) – Teamster school bus drivers and monitors with Durham School Services were joined by members of the British Parliament, labor and faith leaders, community members and Teamsters representatives Wednesday night at a community forum on the state of Shelby County, Tenn., student transportation.External Link
British members of Parliament, Ian Lavery and Jim Sheridan, are meeting with Teamster school bus drivers in Charleston, S.C. and Memphis, Tenn., this week to learn about their concerns with school bus safety and workplace practices at Durham School Services, their employer. Read more, here.
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Teamster school bus drivers and monitors were joined by members of the British Parliament, parents, community, political and faith leaders, as well as representatives from Teamsters Local 509 at tonight’s Community Forum on School Bus Transportation, hosted by S.C. state representatives Wendell Gilliard and David Mack.External Link