School Bus Safety Shouldn't Go to the Lowest Bidder

Cross-posted from DailyKos

It was announced today that UK transportation giant FirstGroup PLC will be purchasing Laidlaw International - the owner of Greyhound - for nearly £2 billion. For most, this may sound like another stale business story. But FirstGroup and Laidlaw are also two of the largest private sector school bus operators in the U.S.

Roughly half of the nation's school districts outsource the responsibility of driving your children to and from school. The Teamsters are not against outsourcing services to achieve savings through economies of scale. We represent both public and private sector drivers. What we object to are companies that cut corners, fail to pay descent wages and put children at risk.

First Student, the U.S. subsidiary of FirstGroup, is just such a company. And that is what should concern every parent who sends a child off to school on First Student bus.

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School Bus Safety Shouldn’t Go to the Lowest Bidder

Cross-posted from DailyKos

It was announced today that UK transportation giant FirstGroup PLC will be purchasing Laidlaw International - the owner of Greyhound - for nearly £2 billion. For most, this may sound like another stale business story. But FirstGroup and Laidlaw are also two of the largest private sector school bus operators in the U.S.

Roughly half of the nation's school districts outsource the responsibility of driving your children to and from school. The Teamsters are not against outsourcing services to achieve savings through economies of scale. We represent both public and private sector drivers. What we object to are companies that cut corners, fail to pay descent wages and put children at risk.

First Student, the U.S. subsidiary of FirstGroup, is just such a company. And that is what should concern every parent who sends their child off to school on First Student bus.

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Iowa Unions Need Your Help

Unless you live in Iowa, there's little chance that you've heard about a fight being waged in the newly Democratic state house. The anti-union Right is painting the measure as a job-killing attack on the state's economy, elderly and virtues. It will not only send employers fleeing for the borders, but also cause a mass exodus of skilled and highly educated workers, steal critical tax money from social programs and force workers to * gasp * join unions. It's Armageddon, the plague, Big Brother and the Sopranos all wrapped up in one.

The proposal introduced in the Iowa Legislature is called "Fair Share," and that's all it asks. That all workers who receive union-negotiated benefits contribute to the cost of providing those benefits.

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The Teamsters Union is letting it's own members starve and die!

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters should be ashamed of itself for the kind of activities that take place in San Francisco's  Teamster local 85, the oldest Teamster local West of the Mississippi.

Contracts are negotiated by it's principal officer, Van Bean and teamsters who must work under those contracts are denied any say in them, or the opportunity to ratify them by a vote. It's "take it or leave it" in Van Bean's local 85. Often contracts are negotiated by just the employer and Van Bean.

Local hiring hall participants recently requested to local union officials that they be allowed to participate in the San Francisco Food Bank, their average incomes are well below the poverty level.

Most hiring hall participants are unable to achieve the minimum 60 hour per month eligibility to have their Health and Welfare benefits, and they and their families are forced to go without health coverage.Some, including most recently 24 year teamster henry hall have even died from this abuse neglect!

The local union hall doesn't even have a water fountain for it's member participants. The water dispensor is in a locked room, and only union officials are allowed to drink from it. the members of local 85 are forced to drink by bending over to use the water from a bathroom sink. Although these hiring hall participants pay 90 dollars a month in dues, they are routinely harassed and treated with contempt by officials. Secretaries in the local are rude to member's spouses over the telephone, they flip local members off when they arrive at work sometimes, and they commit federal offenses during the local union elections to make sure their boss wins.
Disagree with local officials-- they will send letters to employers accussing you of wrongdoing-- without even having been afforded the opportunity to defend yourself of these charges. Or expel you from membership meetings, humiliate and embarass you and falesly tell all those assembled "the department of labor is requiring that we do this".

Cronyism and nepotism run through the hiring hall rampantly. Often 20 and 30 year teamsters, more qualified, will watch someone's neice, nephew, son, or daughter waltz into the hiring hall and go to the top of the list, obtaining work before anyone else, and more frequently than anyone else!

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Why America Needs Employee Free Choice Act

Almost one-in-five union organizers or activists can expect to be fired as a result of their activities in a union election campaign. This revelation came last week in a report (pdf) by The Center for Economic Policy and Research.

"Aggressive actions by employers -- often including illegal firings -- have significantly undermined the ability of U.S. workers to unionize their workplaces," said John Schmitt, CEPR senior economist and lead author of the paper. "With the legal penalties for such actions being so slight, employers can break the law to head-off organizing efforts and face almost no real repercussions."

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