Bus operator to dissolve ‘sham’ union, in agreement with Teamsters

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez: sfexaminer – excerpt

Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation will dissolve its “sham” company union and allow local Teamsters to proceed with organizing employees of the bus company.

That’s according to an agreement revealed
by a formal settlement stipulation issued Monday by the National Labor Relations Board’s Local Region 20.

Bauer’s serves a number of local tech companies, including Cisco Systems and game maker Electronic Arts. It shuttles tech workers from San Francisco to corporate headquarters daily.

The Teamsters have unionized many tech shuttle providers, and Bauer’s is the latest in their efforts.

But Bauer’s is also the first of these tech shuttle providers to fight back against the unionization. The San Francisco Examiner was unable to reach Bauer’s, but in past court filings it has denied all allegations.

The settlement will allow the Teamsters to continue those efforts unimpeded by Bauer’s…

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose told the Examiner that agency staff will present a final proposal on labor harmony to the SFMTA board when the shuttle pilot program nears permanency.

“As part of our evaluation of the shuttle pilot,” he said, “we will comply with the Board of Supervisors’ resolution for labor harmony.”

Bloch said the Teamsters were sanctioned to strike, and almost picketed the local Dreamforce conference, which is attended by thousands of conventioneers.

“We could’ve really messed with that convention,” Bloch said… (more)


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