(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) – Following a five-month campaign, drivers and mechanics at Apple Bus in St. Joseph, Missouri voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 955 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
“Our goal was to be ready to file for an election on the first day of school, and that’s exactly what we did,” Local 955 President Jerry Wood said. “We even had a worker who was so dedicated to voting yes that she made time to vote even though she was on her way to pick up her baby from the hospital. I’d especially like to thank First Student Shop Steward Stacey Arbuckle and everyone who was a part of the organizing campaign. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
One of the Teamsters who was a part of the organizing campaign was Woods’ mother, Jenny Agee, a retired Teamster with 40 years of service. Agee has been involved with Local 955 for a long time, but she said this was the first time she got this heavily involved in an organizing campaign.
“I’ve been the official gopher out here as long as I can remember – if it needed to get done and I was around, it got done,” Agee said. “Still, this was really eye-opening. The issues the workers face, all of things you need to do, the things you take for granted as a union member – I learned a lot, and it was a lot of fun working on this campaign with my son.”
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