Students & Workers in Solidarity

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SWS Supports Emory Bus Drivers.

Posted by Students and Workers in Solidarity on September 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The Teamster Bus Drivers on Emory's campus were in negotiations with First Transit Management (The Emory bus transportation contractor) for the past two months.  Emory Students and Workers in Solidarity (SWS) performed a letter delegation to the regional manager of First Transit right before he went into negotiations with bus driver leaders on our campus.  Here is the letter we delivered:

September 29th, 2011

Dear Mr. Humphrey,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Emory University student organization Students and Workers in Solidarity (SWS). Our organization works to ensure that all workers on our campus are treated with dignity and respect. The First Transit Drivers are an integral part of our campus community and their consistent hard work allows students, campus workers, faculty, staff and community members access to needed transportation. Through our use of the Cliff shuttles members of SWS have built relationships with the drivers.

SWS is aware of the negotiations between the Teamster drivers and the First Transit management. We expect that First Transit management will reach a fair contract with the drivers. This includes fair yearly wage increases that are considered satisfactory by the drivers. We will not tolerate poverty jobs on our campus. Furthermore, we expect that drivers will have guarantees that the vehicles that they operate will meet safety standards considered satisfactory by the drivers. This includes functional air conditioning in all of the vehicles. We will stand with the Emory bus drivers if a fair contract is not reached. Thank you for your time Mr. Humphrey and we look forward to a healthy relationship. If you have any questions please contact us.

Students and Workers in Solidarity

[email protected]

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