"One of the best outcomes of workers coming together to join the union is that they get to see improved safety conditions," said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "Employers can be held accountable when there is a contract in writing and Teamster contracts are some of the strongest in the country."
"We've made a lot of progress driving up safety conditions in the industry," said Rick Middleton, International Chairman of the National School Bus and Transit Bus Drivers' campaign. "With that said, we still have a lot of work to do. We have shown that Teamster drivers are strong and will stick together to demand the highest standards of safety for our members and the students they transport."
The Teamsters' Drive Up Standards campaign is a global campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the privatized school bus and transit industry. Since the campaign began in 2006, nearly 50,000 drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics have become Teamsters. For more information on the Drive Up Standards campaign, go to www.driveupstandards.org.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
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