Archive for Friday, September 26, 2008

Bus drivers agree on union deal

Union organizers had urged the drivers and monitors to unionize in response to what they say were low wages and poor benefits.

September 26, 2008


Bus drivers for the Lawrence school district voted in favor of joining the Teamsters Union on Friday.

A federally supervised election was conducted among 130 school bus drivers and bus monitors who work for the transportation company First Student. The election took place at the First Student bus barn, 1548 E. 23rd St.

The main issue of the election was for drivers to receive better wages and benefits.

First Student has a contract to provide bus service for the school district through the 2011 school year.

According to Wayne Zachary, contract manager for First Student's Lawrence operations, the contract doesn't appear to contain a provision allowing the company to pass along higher union wages to the school district.


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