With so many votes in favor of this taking this step, shuttle drivers from major companies unionize for better wages and working conditions. The process of voting was conducted at a secret ballot placed in several driver rest locations in South San Francisco and San Jose.
The process ended with drivers working for famous companies such as Yahoo, Apple, eBay, Zynga and Genentech deciding to unionize and demand higher wages and better working conditions.
There were 104 votes in favor of joining the Teamster Union and 38 against. There were also 16 drivers who hadn’t cast ballots.
This comes after Facebook teamsters’ decision to join the union in November. And this process isn’t going to end here. The recent event will probably encourage more drivers working for various companies in the Silicon Valley to join the union.
The Teamsters Union is an organization fighting for the rights of driver employees and demanding higher wages.
Tracy Kelley, a compass driver explained that measures need to be taken so that salaries can keep up “with what it costs to live in this area”. She added that the drivers’ decision to unionize was based not only on the low salaries but also due to working too many hours without receiving the necessary compensations.
Drivers are also discontent with the fact that there are no areas where they could rest while also having to wait six hours between morning and evening shifts, without receiving any compensation for having to spend that extra time.
According to secretary-treasurer of Local 853, Rome Aloise, local drivers in Silicon Valley receive an hourly wage that ranges between $5 and $9.50 per hour. Working overtime is paid extra.
Lisa Slater, Greentech spokesperson, said the company will respect drivers’ decision to unionize.
The first company in San Francisco to offer transportation services for its employees was Google. Compass Transportation, a company owned by SuperShuttle, uses more than 107 vehicles (even mini-buses and full size coaches) to offer shuttle facilities.
Drivers working for Facebook have now negotiated a contract according to which hourly wages will see an increase from $18 to $24.50. The contract has not been finalized but through additional negotiations, there is a high chance of finding solutions to the remaining issues.
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