Facebook approves union contract for shuttle bus drivers

Facebook has agreed to give a pay raise and more benefits to 87 shuttle bus drivers who transport the social network’s employees.

Teamsters Local 853 — the union that represents the drivers — said on Thursday that Facebook approved a new agreement between the group and Loop Transportation, which contracts with the social network to provide the drivers.

“With this contract, Facebook drivers at Loop have made life-changing improvements, and they are paving the way for other shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley to come together and improve their lives,” said Rome Aloise, the union’s International Vice President and Secretary-Treasure in a statement.

The new contract, which takes effect on Monday, includes an average pay of $27.50 per hour, including a split differential, up from $18 per hour.

Other benefits include 11 paid holidays, up to five weeks of paid vacation, paid bereavement leave, paid health care for full-time workers and their families, guaranteed overtime and more, according to a press release from the union.

Facebook shuttle driver Jimmy Maerina, said he felt ecstatic when he heard the new contract was approved.

At 54 years old, Maerina said working as a bus driver has come with its financial struggles.

A pay bump and more benefits not only helps him to focus more on his job, but it also means he won’t have to pay about $1,200 a month for health benefits.

“I’m happy to finally say we can live where we want and be able to put some food on the table,” he said.

Facebook is not the only tech firm that is giving shuttle drivers more benefits. Google and Apple have said they will also be increasing hourly pay and provide more benefits for shuttle drivers.

Facebook’s drivers joined Teamsters in November. Compass Transportation employees who shuttle Apple, Yahoo, eBay, Zynga, Genentech and Amtrak workers unionized months later.

Photo Credit: Teamsters members rally outside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, 2014, in support of tech shuttle bus drivers who wanted to unionize. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group


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  • Makikiguy

    It won’t be long before the drivers are yelling they are working for slave wages.