Student Workers Unionize

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First student school bus drivers, monitors and mechanics in West Point, Mississippi, are now Teamster members, after an overwhelming 21-6 vote in favor of representation by Local 891 in Jackson. The workers united in order to secure fair pay, affordable and decent health insurance, respect and a say on the job.

“We’re going to start bargaining the second week of June, and look forward to negotiating the first contract in the state of Mississippi for bus drivers,” said Willie Smith, President of Local 891 and Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 87.

There are 42 workers in the bargaining unit, who are now part of the more than 400 First Student workers in Mississippi who have joined Local 891 since September.

Since the Teamsters national Drive Up Standards campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus and transit industry began in 2006, more than 17,600 drivers, monitors, aides, mechanics and attendants have become Teamsters.


FL: Vote On Union Ties

A secret ballot vote will be taken Tuesday and Wednesday by 303 county employees represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395 to determine whether the union will continue to represent them.

Florida’s Public Employees Relations Commission — the state agency that resolves disputes about the makeup of labor unions — has issued a ruling saying an election should be held based on a petition requesting one. PERC will conduct the election.

In July, Tom Moore, a building technician for Facilities Management, filed a petition of more than the minimum 30 percent of the county employees represented by the union. This group of county employees is one of six labor contracts represented by the Local 1395.

The union contract with Escambia workers includes 303 public employees among nine county departments. It was formed in 2001. Only about 70 of the 303 are members who pay $33 a month in dues. The remainder are covered as a collective bargaining unit and receive union-negotiated benefits.

AL: Possible Union Organizing

There is a new company that is taking applications in the Mobile area.  I suggest that unions begin to look at the workers hired before the company has time to adjust to the possibility of having to deal with the unions.

Officials from Berg Spiral Pipe Corp. will distribute applications and discuss employment possibilities at 6 p.m. tonight at the Plateau Community Center.

The company, which is building a facility near the northeast Mobile community, will be joined by representatives from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Industrial Development Training at the meeting, which was organized by Mobile City Councilman William Carroll.

This is a prime opportunity–do no blow it!