Thursday, November 3, 2011

Woo-hoo! Another Teamster organizing victory in MO

A big welcome to the 95 new Teamsters who joined Local 610 in Maryland Heights, Mo. They work as drivers and monitors for First Student in Washington, Mo.

Like school bus workers around the country, they're looking for fair wages, a voice on the job and respect.

Here's what First Student driver James Parson said:
My co-coworkers and I are hard working men and women who deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. We should share in some of the wealth of this corporation because we help make this company successful each and every day. Now that we’re Teamsters, we will have a voice.
Jeffrey Hall, vice president and business agent for Local 610, said the organizing committee worked hard to rally support for the Teamsters:
The committee is very strong. These workers really showed a united front throughout their entire organizing campaign. I’m excited to welcome these workers to the Local 610 family.
The Teamsters organized nearly 31,000 school bus workers --  drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics -- since 2006. A Teamsters news release reports that,
Drive Up Standards is a national campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus and transit industry.
Add a big "congratulations" to that welcome. And check out the Teamsters Facebook page -- you may find some more welcome messages soon!