Teamsters Local 853 is now the union representative for shuttle bus drivers working at WeDriveU, after workers there chose the union. The contractor supplies drivers for tech companies like LinkedIn and Twitter.
Negotiations for a first-time contract will begin immediately. Local 853 will negotiate with WeDriveU over operational specifics based on client needs.
Wage rates, health benefits and economic working conditions for all Teamster members working in the tech shuttle bus industry are virtually the same. Drivers have seen initial increases in pay of about 25 percent after joining the union.
There are 30 drivers in this latest group of tech shuttle workers to join the Teamsters.
“We’re pleased that yet another group of tech industry workers have chosen to become Teamsters, after seeing the tremendous gains that Teamster members have made in this industry,” said Rome Aloise, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853 and President of Teamsters Joint Council 7. “We’re ready to get to work on another contract that vastly improves the lives of workers who help make Silicon Valley so successful. This continues our progress toward creating a level playing field with all the transportation contractors.”
The workers join drivers at Yahoo, Facebook, Salesforce, Apple, Genentech, eBay, Cisco, Amtrak, Netflix, Zynga, and PayPal, who have all joined the Teamsters since 2014.
For more information on tech worker organizing with the Teamsters, visit: http://teamster.org/tech-drivers-deserve-union.
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