Shuttle drivers at Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies vote for Teamsters representation

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in General Discussion edited August 2015
In the ongoing Silicon Valley shuttle bus saga, contracted drivers serving five local tech firms, including Apple, voted on Friday to seek representation by the Teamsters union.



A total of 158 bus drivers working for Compass Transportation, which holds contracts with Apple, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga, voted to seek higher wages through Teamsters representation, reports The Wall Street Journal. The vote, which must be certified by the National Labor Relations Board, saw a final count of 104-38 in favor of joining the union.

According to Teamsters Local 853 International vice president and secretary-treasurer Rome Aloise, the drivers "voted to be part of a rising tide to improve wages, benefits and working conditions of those who support the tech industry."

Word of a potential unionization effort came last month when Compass employees signed union authorization cards, signaling intent to support the initiative.

Today's news comes on the heels of a similar vote involving drivers for Loop Transportation, the firm responsible for operating Facebook shuttles, who accepted contract terms negotiated by the Teamsters. Drivers previously made about $18 to $20 an hour, but the union successfully negotiated terms that will bring more flexible working conditions and wage raises to $24.50 an hour over a three-year period.

The huge wage gap between contract workers and the high-income tech employees they serve has become a hot button issue in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the publication, skill positions at Silicon Valley companies command median yearly incomes of about $119,000, while non-skill jobs rate about $27,000.
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  • Reply 1 of 170
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,979member
    Oh boy. Here we go.
  • Reply 2 of 170
    I will say as someone who has ridden these shuttles frequently, the drivers are generally highly professional and the work is challenging.
  • Reply 3 of 170
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,537member
    "A total of 158 bus drivers working for Compass Transportation..."

    Fix your headline. This has NOTHING to do with Apple, Google, etc., and everything to do with Compass Transportation.

    What next AI? Gonna post news when workers at a company that supplies toilet paper to Apple's bathrooms are gonna unionize too?

    Jeez... click bait.
  • Reply 4 of 170
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,940member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    "A total of 158 bus drivers working for Compass Transportation..."



    Fix your headline. This has NOTHING to do with Apple, Google, etc., and everything to do with Compass Transportation.



    What next AI? Gonna post news when workers at a company that supplies toilet paper to Apple's bathrooms are gonna unionize too?



    Jeez... click bait.



    Yep, these are NOT Apple employees. They work for Compass Transportation. Yet this article clearly implies they are Apple workers.

  • Reply 5 of 170
    And contract attorneys in DC, NYC, and other major cities are making $17 an hour. That job as a bus driver, requiring no education, is definitely more rigorous than being a lawyer, which requires college, law school, and passing a Bar exam. Why aren't the contract lawyers making $24.50 an hour? Oh yeah, they're a profession that is forbidden from unionizing because they're so skilled, it's silly to even suggest they don't make a lot of money. So now unionizing wheel-turners and pedal stompers are going to make more than a skilled profession. Hurrah unions?
  • Reply 6 of 170
    Hence the reports of Apple self-driving minivan type vehicles. :)

    It makes sense to test bed this first.
  • Reply 7 of 170
    No doubt, Obama and the Democrats would love the bus drivers to be earning the same as the tech workers, as he forges the USA into a communist outpost of China.
  • Reply 8 of 170
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    "A total of 158 bus drivers working for Compass Transportation..."



    Fix your headline. This has NOTHING to do with Apple, Google, etc., and everything to do with Compass Transportation.



    What next AI? Gonna post news when workers at a company that supplies toilet paper to Apple's bathrooms are gonna unionize too?



    Jeez... click bait.

     

    Well, very soon all Apple inter-campus transport will be automated :-), so they won't have to worry about those darn unions anyway.

  • Reply 9 of 170
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,375member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    "A total of 158 bus drivers working for Compass Transportation..."



    Fix your headline. This has NOTHING to do with Apple, Google, etc., and everything to do with Compass Transportation.



    What next AI? Gonna post news when workers at a company that supplies toilet paper to Apple's bathrooms are gonna unionize too?



    Jeez... click bait.

     

    Moreover, AI can't spell "valley" correctly.

     

    The headline should read "Drivers for a [or another] Silicon Valley shuttle bus operator vote for Teamsters representation"

     

    not the atrociously worded and spelling challenged

     

    "Shuttle drivers at Apple, other Silicon Vally [sic] tech companies vote for Teamsters representation"

     

    The drivers aren't at Apple. They drive wherever their employer tells them to go. 

     

    But hey. This is good evidence of the thought and care of AI's editorial staff. Just yesterday, we say them bungle their reporting on iCloud and Apple ID registration.

     

    Appalling. 

  • Reply 10 of 170
    Why don't they find high-tech jobs if they want to get paid as much as high-tech jobs are paying? This is ridiculous.
  • Reply 11 of 170
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,976member
    Want better wages? Go fking school and get a degree. Education doesn't come cheap and easy. People spent stressful months and years in school to deserve high pays. Unions just do more harm more than help. I'm sick of this kind of complaints. Janitors offered us to clean our house for $75/hr...I said fck it. I'll do it myself.
  • Reply 12 of 170
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post



    No doubt, Obama and the Democrats would love the bus drivers to be earning the same as the tech workers, as he forges the USA into a communist outpost of China.

     

    Well that escalated quickly.

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  • Reply 14 of 170

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  • Reply 15 of 170

    Drivers previously made about $18 to $20 an hour, but the union successfully negotiated terms that will bring more flexible working conditions and wage raises to $24.50 an hour over a three-year period.

    That's fantastic... BUT how much do the Union's get over the 3 years ??? Shitload more than $24.50/hr I bet. Looks like your Tech Transportation is about to become as pathetic as your CA Wharf's/Dock's. Nothing like having a Union to screw up business. They are nothing more than self interested, standover people, blackmailing American Companies. 

  • Reply 16 of 170
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Apple isn't losing any sleep over this. $18 or $24...whatever.  The cost of doing business is passed on to the consumer. If union employees servicing Apple employees bothers you, move to SF and start your own competing non-union transportation company and bid for the tech company contracts.

  • Reply 17 of 170
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,414member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post

    No doubt, Obama and the Democrats would love the bus drivers to be earning the same as the tech workers, as he forges the USA into a communist outpost of China.

    Well that escalated quickly.


    Until otherwise proven, I choose to believe he's joking...

  • Reply 18 of 170
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,414member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gfdsa View Post

    Why don't they find high-tech jobs if they want to get paid as much as high-tech jobs are paying? This is ridiculous.



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fallenjt View Post

    Want better wages? Go fking school and get a degree. Education doesn't come cheap and easy.

    ...wow

  • Reply 19 of 170
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,718member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post



    Oh boy. Here we go.

     

  • Reply 20 of 170
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by boredumb View Post

     
    ...wow


    Right yeah? These posters have no idea what they are talking about. $25 an hour is $50K a year if you work full time 40 hours a week but drivers seldom do. Then deduct union dues, your own commuting costs and it is hardly a living wage in the bay area. High-tech workers in SF are making 120K+ with a degree in computer science. There is literally no comparison. I'm pretty sure most drivers are just scraping by.

     

    I'd rather my driver wasn't working a second eight hour shift as a clerk at 7-11 before he dozed off behind the wheel of my shuttle.

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