The Teamsters are racking up more wins among bus companies, with the latest victories being in the Buffalo area and – again – in Silicon Valley.
Western New York Labor Today reports that by a 41-2 vote, previously unrepresented bus monitors at Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Coach Lines voted to join Local 264 on April 5.
The monitors let out a cheer and “screams of joy,” notably from exploited women, when results were announced. The local already represents Niagara Falls’ 74 drivers.
Niagara Falls countered the local’s organizing drive by hiring a union-buster and conducting “captive audience” meetings. It also claimed that with New York’s minimum wage rising by 70 cents an hour – which was over time – the Teamsters could not do better. Some of the monitors had been with the firm 15 years at the minimum wage.
Out in California, 30 more Silicon Valley shuttle drivers joined Local 853 on April 4, Teamsters regional Vice President Rome Aloise of Joint Council 7 reported. They toil for WeDriveU, a shuttle firm that supplies them to tech firms such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
Aloise’s local has organized shuttle drivers for high-tech firms in Silicon Valley. The drivers, unlike high-tech engineers, can’t make a living there. Wins since 2014 came among drivers for Yahoo, Facebook, Salesforce, Apple, Genentech, eBay, Cisco, Netflix, Zynga and PayPal. Each group has won initial raises of around 25 percent after unionizing. “This continues our progress toward creating a level playing field with all the contractors,” said Aloise.
MONITORS FOR NIAGARA FALLS COACH LINES CHEER after winning their union recognition vote to join Teamsters Local 264. The win was one of two in bus firms that the Teamsters racked up in early April. Teamsters Local 264 photo via PAI Photo Service.