Members Ratify Agreement with First Student
Member Actions at Work Result in BIG Win!
For the last several months we have updated you on the progress in our Bus Council where members are employed under First Student. For the first time ever, CSEA members demanded that rather than each of the three bus yards bargaining and negotiating on their own, for their specific bus yard, they negotiate together, under one union and one contract.
Since our first article back in November, these members have been busy with bus yard actions to bring the pressure to the employer. Last month we reported that CSEA School Bus members achieved a Tentative Agreement, and now we are very pleased to announce that agreement has been ratified.
The three yards worked together across county lines to collectively bargain and fight for a contract that respects all workers. The New Haven, New London and West Hartford Bus Yards set industry standards for school bus drivers across the state when the three yards organized the largest negotiations campaign in the School Bus Council.
Throughout the pandemic and school shutdowns members continued to attend negotiations via ZOOM and pressed forward with their agenda. When the Employer pushed back and would not budge during negotiations, the members in the three yards rallied together in solidarity. After having done a member action where all employees reported to work wearing purple, the Boss’ attitude quickly shifted. The Ratified Agreement includes, worker safety, protections, hours & wage security., as well as increases to the previously under matched retirement plan, a path to earn up to $29/hr after only 5 years of service, additional holiday pay, new and increased attendance bonuses, along with other benefits being equally offered to all bus yards.
Congratulations drivers and monitors on your hard fought win. This achievement was made possible through your hard work and actions.
Review the previous story HERE.