SAN LEANDRO, Calif., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters Local Union 853 announced today that shuttle drivers employed by Compass Transportation/Transdev will vote on a union proposal for a first contract that includes industry-leading wages and benefits on Aug. 1. The drivers transport employees from Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Zynga, Genentech, Amtrak and Evernote from home to work and back each day.
The proposal is the result of nearly five months of negotiations with the company and includes contract language and the entire economic package from the Local 853's tech drivers' agreement with Facebook through Loop Transportation that was ratified in February.
The Facebook agreement set new standards for wages and benefits within the tech drivers' industry and set in motion Apple's decision to proactively direct its contractors to raise wages for its employees.
"While Facebook has led the way in the fight to create decent wages and benefits in Silicon Valley, I fully expect other progressive tech companies like Apple to follow suit, seeing the value of helping bring their workers into the middle class," said International Vice President and Local 853 principal officer, Rome Aloise.
The shuttle drivers voted overwhelmingly, 104 to 38, in favor of Teamsters Local 853 representation on Feb. 27. The workers organized following the successful vote for Teamsters Local 853 representation by Facebook drivers with Loop Transportation in November.
The Teamsters Union is part of a growing movement of labor, faith and community-based organizations and workers challenging income inequality in Silicon Valley through an innovative partnership called Silicon Valley Rising.
For more information on tech worker organizing with the Teamsters, visit: http://teamster.org/tech-drivers-deserve-union.
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Rome Aloise, (510) 915-6430
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