More than 70 Teamster school bus workers in western Illinois have ratified a new three-year contract with First Student.
Teamsters Local 722 in LaSalle negotiated the strong agreement for the school bus drivers, attendants and aides, all of whom organized for power with the union over five years ago. The new agreement represents the workers’ second Teamster contract that, in addition to wages and benefits, includes the protections of the Teamsters’ grievance procedure.
“Local 722 commends our members with First Student for sticking together, not only in their decision to join the union but in their resolve to bargain a fair and equitable contract,” said Steve Mongan, President of Local 722. “School bus workers are such an important part of our communities and the Teamsters couldn’t be prouder to fight for and secure the rights they deserve.”
The Local 722 members serve students in the Sterling Public Schools system and Rock Falls District 13. Their recently ratified agreement, which expires in 2016, includes wage increases for each year of the contract.
Drive Up Standards is a national Teamster campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus and transit industry. Since the campaign began in 2006, more than 36,500 drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics have become Teamsters. For more information on the campaign and protecting the rights of school bus workers, visit www.DriveUpStandards.org.
Teamsters Local 722 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.