School Bus Workers Win Protections, Benefits and More Addressed in Five-Year Master Contract
After several months of negotiations and a month-long balloting process, the Teamsters have ratified the second national agreement with the largest private provider of school bus transportation in North America, First Student, Inc. The agreement, ratified by 89 percent of the votes cast, improves working conditions and on-the-job protections for more than 20,000 Teamsters who work at First Student nationwide.
(ROCK TAVERN, N.Y.) – The men and women who transport schoolchildren for Student Transportation of America (STA) in Middletown, N.Y., have voted 56-47 to join Teamsters Local 445 in Rock Tavern, N.Y., after a hard-fought campaign for respect, fair pay and better working conditions at the company. There are 110 drivers in the bargaining unit.
(SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Drivers and monitors with Massachusetts’s North River Collaborative have joined Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Mass. The 74 workers transport students with special needs and are based in Abington and Rockland, Mass.
School bus workers with First Student in Carleton, Mich., have voted overwhelmingly, 25-2, in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 283 in Wyandotte, Mich. The group of 35 drivers and monitors reached out to the Teamsters Union seeking a strong voice to address their workplace concerns.
“My co-workers and I have really worked hard to come to this point and we’re going to continue to work hard so we can secure a strong contract. I look forward to better working conditions and being treated with respect on the job,” said Lana Baas, a First Student school bus driver.
(WASHINGTON) – First Transit drivers who transport tourists and employees to and from Disneyland amusement parks in Anaheim, Calif., have voted to join Teamsters Local 952 in Orange, Calif., seeking respect, fair wages and better working conditions at the company. There are 127 workers in the bargaining unit.
The workers stood strong and united during their campaign to win Teamsters representation. Terry Goldman, a First Transit driver at Disney, helped lead organizing efforts for the unit by educating his coworkers on the value of Teamsters representation.