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Drivers and Monitors at First Student Vote to Join the Teamsters


(TACOMA, Wash.) – On Sept. 29, 2016, drivers and monitors at First Student in Steilacoom, Wash. voted unanimously to join the Teamsters. The 21 drivers and monitors in the bargaining unit will become members of Local 313.

The workers filed for the union election with the National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 20, 2016 and the results were certified on Oct. 12, 2016. The drivers and monitors will immediately be entitled to reap the benefits of the existing, industry-leading, First Student National Master Agreement.

“Organizing is the life blood of our union and we’re thrilled to welcome these new members to the brotherhood,” said John Emrick, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 313. “We look forward to representing workers at First Student with the pride and professionalism exemplified by our union.”

Negotiations for a local supplemental agreement, which includes wages and other benefits, will begin soon.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit