Kansas First Student Workers Choose Teamsters Union

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — School bus drivers, attendants and mechanics who work at First Student in Blue Valley, Kansas, took the first major step to a better workplace by voting 71-14 to join Teamsters Local 838 in Kansas City, Missouri. The workers united in order to secure fairness, respect and improved working conditions.

“It’s all kind of surreal that we did this; we’re very happy right now,” said Teresa Christensen, a First Student driver in Blue Valley. “We need to be better appreciated, by having fair pay, guaranteed hours and affordable health care. We need fair treatment and are looking forward to getting these things.”

The workers formed a strong committee to organize at their location. They also had the support of workers at the First Student school bus yard in Olathe, Kansas, a few of which came to talk with the Blue Valley workers about what it’s like to be Teamster members. The 228 workers in Olathe became Teamsters with Local 838 in October. There are 135 workers at the Blue Valley First Student location.

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