(WASHINGTON) – Rome Aloise, International Vice President and President of Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif., wrote a letter to Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg last week on behalf of bus drivers who transport Facebook employees from San Francisco, Palo Alto and other areas to the Facebook campus. The drivers, employees of Loop Transportation, are seeking union representation and a contract.
“While your employees earn extraordinary wages and are able to live and enjoy life in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Bay Area, these drivers can’t afford to support a family, send their children to school, or, least of all, afford to even dream of buying a house anywhere near where they work,” Aloise wrote.
The drivers currently work split-shifts, often starting work at 6 a.m. and ending at 9:45 p.m.
“This is reminiscent of a time when noblemen were driven around in their coaches by their servants,” Aloise continued. “Frankly, little has changed; except the noblemen are your employees, and the servants are the bus drivers who carry them back and forth each day.”
The letter to Zuckerberg and a letter to the company as well as the stories of two drivers can be seen at https://teamster.org/facebook-drivers-deserve-union.
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