When Durham School Services became the school transportation contractor last year, they refused to honor the existing contract that had been negotiated by a previous contractor and instead proposed deep
cuts to planned raises and other benefits. CSEA members stood their ground and demanded that Durham pay every cent that was promised to them. After 7 months of fruitless negotiations the drivers and monitors voted overwhelmingly to strike. Drivers and monitors held an informational picket at their bus yard with plans to begin striking days later.
After two long days of bargaining, CSEA signed a tentative agreement with Durham School Services that guarantees the wages promised in the agreement with the former contractor.
It’s difficult to overstate how big of a win this contract is for our members. Some will receive wage increases of over $7.00/hour. Some
will receive retroactive payments over $6,000.00. Bus monitors won a $15.00/hour minimum wage. All this without cuts to other benefits.
Our members in Shelton proved once again that when working people stick together in their union, they win big.
Congratulations Shelton drivers and monitors!