Drivers and Monitors Unite for Respect, Fairness
School bus workers with First Student in Flint, Mich., have voted overwhelmingly, 69-3, in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 332, also in Flint. The 93 school bus drivers and monitors transport children in the Flint Community Schools district.
Tim Kennelly, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 332, said the workers organized to end favoritism, have seniority honored, and to gain respect and a voice at work.
Teamsters Local 332 already represents First Student workers at three other locations in Michigan.
“This was a full team effort with the workers, myself, Local 332 President Nina Bugbee, our business agents Angela Oberman, Chris Pidcock and Christine Cates, and Marion Novak, Joint Council 43 organizer. The worker committee was strong and committed,” Kennelly said.
The drivers and monitors will be covered by the Teamsters-First Student national contract and Teamsters Local 332 will negotiate a supplemental that will include economics.