Shuttle drivers at Transdev North America vote in favor of unionization

UNION! Barbara Vasterling and about 50 of her co-workers at Transdeve North America, voted last week to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655. – UFCW Local 655 photo

Drivers for the company approve UFCW Local 655 to bargain on their behalf

About 50 St. Louis area shuttle drivers voted in favor of union representation recently in a secret ballot election. Sixty-eight percent of the votes cast in the election were in favor of union representation.

The drivers, employees of Transdev North America, provide shuttle services to medical professionals and patients for Barnes-Jewish Hospital as well as students at Washington University.

Drivers told union organizers respect at work, vacation time and wages all were issues they wanted addressed in a union contract.

“Every person who works hard should earn a good wage and have quality benefits,” said Local 655 President David Cook. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to bargain on behalf of these hard-working people and their families.”

UFCW Local 655 will now create a bargaining committee that will include drivers from Transdev and begin the process of bargaining a union contract for the employees.

Local 655 is the largest private-sector Labor union in Missouri, covering much of the eastern half of the state. It represents more than 10,000 members working primarily in the grocery store industry. It also represents workers in a number of food processing facilities.


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