Teamster school bus workers recently unanimously ratified a “School Bus Workers’ Bill of Rights. The document was announced at the recent Teamsters School Bus Workers Congress held in Chicago.
Among those rights are the right to good faith collective bargaining, freedom of association, due process to resolve workplace issues, dignity and respect on the job, freedom of speech, a safe workplace, fair and honest treatment and protection from discrimination.
We hope you will share this bill of rights with your co-workers and join us in the fight to make these rights a reality.
School Bus Workers’ Bill of Rights
School bus workers have the right to:
- Bargain collectively, in good faith, in order to improve their situation;
- Freedom of association, including the right to join a trade union of their own choosing without interference;
- Be treated with dignity and respect at work and a workplace free from prejudice, discrimination, bullying and harassment;
- A fair wage that permits them to live in dignity and medical help when they are ill;
- Fair and honest treatment regardless of race, gender, disability, nationality, religion, philosophical or political belief, age, sexual orientation, family status, trade union activity or any other factor. Protection against discrimination based on any of these factors;
- A safe workplace where the health and safety of workers, students and riders are paramount and where workers can raise health and safety issues without fear of retribution, including the ability to refuse to drive an unsafe bus;
- A workplace free from mental or physical coercion;
- Due process procedures to resolve workplace issues;
- Freedom of speech, including the protection of “whistle blower” activity for workers who attempt to expose illegal or improper activity; and
- The protection of law in an equal and fair manner when rights are violated.