The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is honoring school bus workers—including the more than 75,000 Teamster school bus workers—for their dedication to safety and service during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20-24.
I have been a school bus driver in Salem, N.H., for 26 years. For 16 of those years, I have been a Teamster shop steward. It has not always been easy being a shop steward. People who have never been in a union before tend to view a union as a group of men in suits who should fight for you for any reason that comes up. We, the drivers, are the union. When experienced and new drivers come together, there is a lot to be learned from everyone involved.
During an organizing drive, things are not always simple, but there is one singular focus. All you have to do is climb this one last hill, win the election together as one big unit, and all will be right with the world.
School bus mechanics play a critical role in keeping drivers, monitors and the students that they transport safe. In this article by Irma Robinson, a Teamster driver with Local 633 in New Hampshire, we see just how important it is to appreciate our mechanics! Read Irma’s story here.
MV Transportation drivers have voted unanimously, 67-0, to join Teamsters Local 890 in Salinas, Calif., to improve their working conditions. The 91 drivers provide adult paratransit services, shuttle and tourist trolley routes in Salinas and Monterey.