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WeDriveU Workers Join Local 853

Organizing victories in the tech industry are keeping the Teamsters Union electrified.

Local 853 announced recently that 110 drivers for WeDriveU, a transportation company that shuttles employees for Facebook, Google and other tech companies, have gained Teamster representation.

WeDriveU recognized Local 853 as the drivers’ union after an independent third-party arbitrator verified the union’s majority standing. The company also recognized Local 117 in Seattle as the representative for Facebook and Google drivers at the same time.

“We appreciate that WeDriveU has respected the rights of these drivers to be represented by a union of their choice. This is a good thing for the company, the drivers and Google, who will get well compensated drivers who will be experienced and safe in transporting Google’s valuable employees,” said Rome Aloise, International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif.

“We expect to continue to level the playing field for all these drivers so that they all have good wages, benefits for themselves and their families, and something to put away for the future. This is another step toward bringing the entire industry up to these standards,” Aloise said.

In December 2015, Facebook drivers with WeDriveU, who are members of Local 853, negotiated a strong first agreement securing wage increases, health care benefits, retirement and numerous other gains and protections.

The Teamsters Union is part of a growing movement of labor, faith and community-based organizations and workers challenging income inequality in Silicon Valley through an innovative partnership called Silicon Valley Rising. For more information, visit http://siliconvalleyrising.org.

For more information on tech worker organizing with the Teamsters, visit teamster.org/tech-drivers-deserve-union.

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