By Joe Firtzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
Workers voted 35-24 to join the Transport Workers Union of America
Those little blue Ford GoBikes are now officially union-backed bicycles.
Bay Area Ford GoBike workers voted to join the Transport Workers Union of America in an election, Thursday.
The workers voted 35-24 to approve unionizing, according to the TWU, which released the results Friday morning.
“The ultimate act of democracy in a workplace is joining a union. By voting to join the TWU, San Francisco’s bikeshare workers have greatly strengthened the economic security of families,” said TWU international President John Samuelsen in a statement.
Ford GoBike maintenance workers are employed by Motivate LLC, a spinoff of the former company Motivate, which was bought by ride-hail giant Lyft last year. Lyft operates Ford GoBike but the unionized workers are not Lyft employees, though the announcement also comes on the heels of Lyft debuting its stock on the public market…(more)
Not so fast. There is a lot of interest in turning contractors into employees. Now that they are union workers, that might happen rather soon. It is just a matter of time before the radical new tech corporations become part of the old school and they are looking out of the next big thing that will replace them.