Our Stories

Teamster school bus drivers like us live and work all over North America. This is who we are and why we are happy to be covered under a Teamster contract:

Art Long

Art Long

I am interested in maintaining honesty and having true values in all areas of the work place. We all deserve respect and this is how we can get it.

I am interested in maintaining honesty and having true values in all areas of the work place. We all deserve respect and this is how we can get it.

Missy Cutler

Missy Cutler

Our union contract provides us with better pay than any of the other yards in our area. In fact, our yard sets the prevailing wage for central Massachusetts. We make a few dollars more per hour, and in some cases five dollars per hour more than the yards near us that don’t have Teamster representation!

Our union contract provides us with better pay than any of the other yards in our area. In fact, our yard sets the prevailing wage for central Massachusetts. We make a few dollars more per hour, and in some cases five dollars per hour more than the yards near us that don’t have Teamster representation!

Teamsters Local 610 Member Cindy Knittig on why she is happy to be a union school bus driver.

Teamsters Local 633 Member Deborah Foley on why she is happy to be a union school bus driver.

Bethany Crawford Wright City

Bethany Hoppins, Teamsters Local 610

I’m excited that we have a solid foundation to go off of. Not only do we have written guarantees for all sorts of things from the company, we have the security of knowing that we’re not going it alone. Someone is here for us.

I’m excited that we have a solid foundation to go off of. Not only do we have written guarantees for all sorts of things from the company, we have the security of knowing that we’re not going it alone. Someone is here for us.

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Barbara Schaffrin

I’d encourage Durham workers everywhere to get involved, because you can get a lot more than what you’re getting right now if you sign up with the Teamsters and stay together. Get yourself a contract. Don’t give up, and go with the Teamsters!

I’d encourage Durham workers everywhere to get involved, because you can get a lot more than what you’re getting right now if you sign up with the Teamsters and stay together. Get yourself a contract. Don’t give up, and go with the Teamsters!

Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox

Teamsters Local 777 represents hundreds of First Student workers in the Chicago area. We did not want to fall behind in wages and benefits! The more First Student workers become Teamsters, the more power we have!

Teamsters Local 777 represents hundreds of First Student workers in the Chicago area. We did not want to fall behind in wages and benefits! The more First Student workers become Teamsters, the more power we have!

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Phyllis Pepper

Thanks to our union contract, First Student in South Holland, Illinois is a great place to work. We have guaranteed annual raises, paid time off and most importantly the guarantee of respect and dignity on the job. Organizing with the Teamsters is one of the best decisions we ever made!

Thanks to our union contract, First Student in South Holland, Illinois is a great place to work. We have guaranteed annual raises, paid time off and most importantly the guarantee of respect and dignity on the job. Organizing with the Teamsters is one of the best decisions we ever made!

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Connie Carr

With the Teamsters, we have a union contract. We are receiving regular raises and there is no favoritism. Our local union has our back if there is a problem at work. We also get paid for all our time – including training.

With the Teamsters, we have a union contract. We are receiving regular raises and there is no favoritism. Our local union has our back if there is a problem at work. We also get paid for all our time – including training.

Robert Rader Ill. Central Wilmington

Robert Rader

I support forming a union with the Teamsters because our voice will be heard.

I support forming a union with the Teamsters because our voice will be heard.

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Jean Heilman

The non-union drivers have started to notice the better wages and benefits we receive, and they’ve expressed interest in joining the Teamsters. I’m also glad to report that the town of Londonderry, which is also an STA yard, just voted to go union. They saw our benefits package and they wanted in. Other towns in New Hampshire are also organizing with the Teamsters.

The non-union drivers have started to notice the better wages and benefits we receive, and they’ve expressed interest in joining the Teamsters. I’m also glad to report that the town of Londonderry, which is also an STA yard, just voted to go union. They saw our benefits package and they wanted in. Other towns in New Hampshire are also organizing with the Teamsters.

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Tony Anderson

Thanks to the Teamsters, we have a grievance system in place that provides us with job security. Anytime a manager takes disciplinary action against us, we have a union representative who is there to advocate on our behalf and do everything possible to protect our jobs. Without a union we would be at-will employees who can be fired at any time for any reason.

Thanks to the Teamsters, we have a grievance system in place that provides us with job security. Anytime a manager takes disciplinary action against us, we have a union representative who is there to advocate on our behalf and do everything possible to protect our jobs. Without a union we would be at-will employees who can be fired at any time for any reason.

Judy Pappas First Student LU 745

Judy Papas

have a voice on the job that gives us a right to negotiate on things like wages, working conditions and paid days off. The company guarantees in writing that they will pay for our training and provide us with the equipment that we need to do our jobs. I love being a Teamster!

have a voice on the job that gives us a right to negotiate on things like wages, working conditions and paid days off. The company guarantees in writing that they will pay for our training and provide us with the equipment that we need to do our jobs. I love being a Teamster!

Jason Varner First Student LU 745

Jason Varner

Our union has created an atmosphere at our yard that encourages unity and teamwork. The Teamsters guarantee that we are treated with respect and dignity. We're better off because of our union, and if you form your union with the Teamsters you will be too!

Our union has created an atmosphere at our yard that encourages unity and teamwork. The Teamsters guarantee that we are treated with respect and dignity. We're better off because of our union, and if you form your union with the Teamsters you will be too!

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Maria Trammel

Thanks to the Teamsters, we have a seniority system that ensures that bus routes are assigned fairly. Without our union we could get our hours cut at any time for any reason - or even no reason at all. Having a union contract has made our jobs so much better, and if you join the union it will improve your job, too.

Thanks to the Teamsters, we have a seniority system that ensures that bus routes are assigned fairly. Without our union we could get our hours cut at any time for any reason - or even no reason at all. Having a union contract has made our jobs so much better, and if you join the union it will improve your job, too.

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Susan Buckland

I've been a bus driver for 31 years. Being a Teamster means having fairness, a safe working environment, respect, and dignity. I'm happy to be a Teamster!

I've been a bus driver for 31 years. Being a Teamster means having fairness, a safe working environment, respect, and dignity. I'm happy to be a Teamster!

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Pete Costello

They voted for Teamster representation at Lockport, and I've heard from the drivers and monitors there about how they now enjoy the benefits of a Teamster contract. If other STA drivers and monitors have fairness, competitive pay and a voice on the job, let’s join them!

They voted for Teamster representation at Lockport, and I've heard from the drivers and monitors there about how they now enjoy the benefits of a Teamster contract. If other STA drivers and monitors have fairness, competitive pay and a voice on the job, let’s join them!

Ed Harris on why he's proud to be a member of Teamsters Local 777.

Latino Express Driver Victor Velasquez for the Teamsters.

Teamsters Local 777 Member Mildred Cross talks about how her union contract ensures that she gets paid in a timely manner.

Marcus Toliver tells his story of organizing with the Teamsters.

Tillman Walker for the Carrying Our Future Campaign

First Student Dwayne Flagg talks about seniority.

Mel Meltzer for the Carrying Our Future Campaign

Chrystal Echols for the Carrying Our Future campaign