Drivers and Monitors at Three Houston Bus Yards Unite for a Better Workplace
School bus drivers and monitors at three First Student bus yards in Houston, Texas, have voted unanimously, 40-0, in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 968. The workers united for the opportunity to negotiate fair pay, health care and to have a voice in their workplace. There are 72 workers in the bargaining unit.
“The vote was really good,” said Rex Roberson, a driver. “We’d like to see some changes in terms of better pay, benefits, guaranteed hours and holidays, and we’re anxious to get started on a contract.”
The Houston workers had a great deal of support in their efforts to become Teamsters. Teamster First Student drivers from Colorado and Florida came to Houston to support the workers in their efforts, while International Union and local organizers also helped make this victory possible.
“It was pretty clear that these workers needed improvements, and we will be getting started on negotiations on a contract as soon as possible”, said Leo Correa, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 968 and President of Joint Council 58.
This is the second group of First Student workers to join the Teamsters in Texas in recent weeks. On April 29, 38 drivers and monitors in Orange, Texas, voted 27-1 to join Local 968.
The victory is the latest in an effort to organize private school bus and transit workers across the country. 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 17,900 drivers, monitors, aides, mechanics and attendants have become Teamsters.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.