KINGSTON, ON, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - With an overwhelming majority of
support, one hundred and forty one (141) school bus drivers of Stock
Transportation Ltd. in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of being
represented by Teamsters Local Union 91. The vote, supervised by the Ontario
Labour Relations Board, was held this morning at the Stock bus yard on
Coronation Blvd.. While the Labour Board has not yet certified Teamsters Local
Union 91, today's vote has made that result all but certain. This vote comes
off the back of an earlier win on Wednesday where Stock mechanics also voted
for Teamsters representation at a separate vote.
"We are thrilled at the turn out," said Teamsters Local Union 91
President, Brian MacDonald, "and we are thrilled at the result." Stock is the
latest school bus company that Teamsters Local Union 91 has organized in
Eastern Ontario. Earlier this year, Local Union 91 completed collective
agreements with three school bus companies in the Belleville area. Teamsters
will now represent over two hundred bus drivers in the area, and hope to
continue to organize.
"School bus drivers are terribly underpaid," said MacDonald. "We trust
these drivers with the lives of our children on a daily basis, yet they are
paid less than what some high school students make in their summer job. It's
not right! We are going to do everything we can to make sure they are treated
fairly and with respect. The drivers really worked hard to get us to this
point, and to open a door to a brighter future. They are the purest example of
what a group of determined people can achieve. They have entrusted the
Teamsters, and we will not let them down."
Teamsters Local Union 91 was assisted in their organizing efforts by John
Hull and Ed Arabic, Teamsters organizers from the Toronto area, and local
organizers Ian Cobb and Rick Airhart. Throughout Ontario, Teamsters have been
organizing school bus drivers and workers in an effort to raise standards
across the school bus industry.
For further information:
For further information: Brian MacDonald, President, Teamsters Local
Union 91, (613) 247-9191