Facebook bus drivers unanimously approve union contract; here are the terms

Facebook bus drivers unanimously approve union contract; here are the terms
Feb 21, 2015, 2:54pm PST UPDATED: Feb 21, 2015, 3:29pm PST

David Paul Morris
These workers are getting on a Google bus, which became a symbol of the tech shuttle issue.

Greg Baumann
Editor in Chief-
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Facebook Inc. shuttle drivers employed by bus contractor Loop Transportation voted to approve a labor contract that will give them higher pay and better working conditions, a signal moment in organized labor's effort to unionize more contract support workers in Silicon Valley.
Eighty seven Loop drivers who are affiliated with the Teamsters voted unanimously to approve the contract, said Doug Bloch, a political director with the Teamsters.
Under the new contract, drivers will earn between $21 and $28.50 an hour for various driving assignments. Rome Aloise, an international vice president with the Teamsters who heads the Local 853, said drivers at Loop previously were making in the range of $17 an hour.
The vote on the contract precedes a Feb. 27 vote by drivers employed by Compass Transportation who shuttle Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Zynga Inc. and Genentech Inc. workers on whether they want to join the union.
"Some of the Compass drivers came to the Loop meeting today to witness the process," Aloise said in an interview. "I think when the people at Compass Transportation see what the Loop drivers, the Facebook drivers, won through organizing with a union, I think they're going to want that too."
The new Loop contract gives workers an array of new benefits:
• Seniority provisions
• Guaranteed hours based on scheduled shifts
• Guaranteed overtime
• Paid jury duty
• 11 paid holidays, plus whatever extra days Facebook takes
• Up to five weeks paid vacation
• Personal leave for medical, maternity, rehabilitation and school visits
• Paid bereavement leave
• Nine days paid sick leave
• Grievance and arbitration procedures
• Health care for workers and family of full time workers, fully paid by Loop
• $10,400 in contributions for a defined contribution retirement plan for each full time worker over the length of the three-year contract
• Workers who don't want to work split shifts are guaranteed a minimum six-hour day
• Those who work splits get a better salary
• Pay-rate protections for working shifts that pay lower wages should the worker return to the higher-rate job
Now Loop will have to work out details of the contract with Facebook, Aloise said.
Contacted by email for comment, Loop CEO Jeff Leonoudakis issued a statement: "Loop Transportation doesn't negotiate through the media. However, I can tell you that we have made progress in our negotiations, but we don't have an agreement at this time."
Greg Baumann is editor in chief at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.