Shuttle drivers support union for better wages and work conditions
Shuttle drives play an important role in the transport system in San Francisco and they are now asking for better work conditions and a wage hike. The drivers working with Compass Transportation have voted in favor of joining the union. The shuttle drivers working for technology companies complain that they are underpaid and unfairly compensated for the time they spend on the job.
The shuttle drivers have voted to join the Teamsters Union on Friday. For the vote to unionize was 104 drivers were in favor while 38 voted against it. 16 didn’t cast their vote.
After the voting results, Rome Aloise, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 853 said, “This is another step, in addition to the Facebook drivers, for the workers who support the tech industry to move forward toward decent wages, affordable health care and a pension for the future.”
The shuttle drivers take employees of technology companies like Apple, eBay, Zynga and Yahoo from San Francisco to their offices. More workers have chosen San Francisco as home and they travel anywhere between 30-60 miles to work every day. Google started offering shuttle service to its employees living in San Francisco in 2004. Currently, Google is using WeDriveU for shuttle service for its employees.
Recently, the shuttle drivers hired by social network Facebook to transport the staff have signed a new contract with Loop Transportation. Facebook has not yet approved the new terms of the contract but the terms will most likely be approved in coming weeks. Under the new contract, the shuttle drivers will get paid vacation, health insurance. The average pay will be increased to $24.5 per hour compared to $18 currently.
“These are life changing improvements for these drivers that will allow them to live a more sustainable life, support their families, have decent health care and plan for the future. We commend Loop, and of course, Facebook, who acknowledge that the people that support Facebook need to be included in the American Dream,” said Rome Aloise, International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853.
The San Francisco administration has granted 500 permits to technology companies to use the muni bus stops for picking up and dropping off passengers.
Compass Transportation has not commented on the results of the voting.
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