A Voice in the Workplace
Our union negotiates industry-leading collective bargaining agreements. This means that we have better pay and working conditions. We know that if we want guarantees from our employers, we need to get it in writing.
The Teamsters Passenger Transportation Division knows that members like us are key to success in contract negotiations. With the Teamsters, we have the opportunity to be deeply involved in the negotiations of our local agreements, and we play an important role in communicating with one another throughout the process.
Teamster Power in Action: Teamsters/First Student National Master Agreement
Drivers and monitors at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011. Previously unheard of in the school bus industry, the national contract covers all First Student workers at yards that have been organized as members of our union and positively benefit any First Student workers who vote to become Teamsters.
In October 2015, after several months of negotiations and a month-long balloting process, Teamster First Student members ratified the renewal of the national agreement. The agreement
was ratified with 89 percent of the votes cast. It improved working conditions and on-the-job protections for the more than 20,000 Teamsters who work at First Student nationwide. In addition to securing better workplace conditions for thousands of school bus workers, the agreement creates as a base level for negotiating economic gains and additional improvements at the local level.
Do you have questions about the bargaining process? Do you have a story you’d like to share about a contract victory?
Passenger Transport Workers’ Bill of Rights
In 2012, Teamster school bus workers unanimously ratified a “School Bus Workers’ Bill of Rights” at our Teamsters School Bus Workers Congress 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 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 “whistleblower” 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.