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First Student School Bus Workers Choose Teamsters

Michigan Drivers and Monitors Seek Respect

School bus drivers and monitors with First Student in Oak Park, Mich., have voted by an overwhelming 5-1 margin to join Teamsters Local 1038 in Detroit. The 32 drivers and monitors transport students in the Oak Park School District. They came together seeking respect, fair pay and job stability, among other improvements.

“I feel really good about our vote because it’s going to help all of us. We have younger workers and employees coming in with families. We expect to be treated fairly because everyone here works hard,” said Jackie Sanders, a First Student driver who was a Teamster for more than 20 years with Detroit Public Schools. “We are excited about the Teamsters representing us and having a union to bring some positive change.”

Greg Nowak, President of Local 1038 and Joint Council 43, said this is one of several First Student locations the local union has organized in recent years.

“We’re happy to welcome the drivers and monitors to the Teamsters. The Joint Council, International Union and Local 1038 worked together with them and we look forward to improving their working conditions,” Nowak said.

Drive Up Standards is a national campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus and transit industry.  Since the campaign began in 2006, more than 36,300 drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics have become Teamsters.

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