Teamsters ratify Illinois Cooperative School Bus Agreement

Member involvement key to success of deal covering 1,000 bus workers

Press Contact: Matt McQuaid Phone: (202) 624-6877 Email: [email protected]

(WASHINGTON) — The Teamsters voted overwhelmingly to ratify the Illinois Cooperative Agreement (ICA), covering nearly 1,000 school bus drivers and instructors at North American Central School Bus. The agreement, which covers members in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Texas, will be in effect until September 30, 2027.

“Through this agreement, the Teamsters at all North American central school bus stations are united for the first time under one national standard,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President. “This could not have happened without grassroots participation in the bargaining committee. Engaged and militant members exercise their leadership to win strong national contracts, and the Teamsters and the labor movement are better off for it.

“Congratulations to these workers for their commitment throughout this process,” said Matt Taibi, Teamsters Passenger Transportation Division Manager and International Vice President, Eastern Region. “They worked hard to secure a collective agreement that reflects how valuable they are to the communities they serve. This is a historic victory in our ongoing battle to protect the wages, benefits and retirement of school bus workers across North America.

The ICA includes additional protections for members with disabilities, additional safety language in light of the pandemic, and the creation of a joint union/employer committee to resolve disputes. Notably, this is the company’s first contract that includes members’ participation in the Teamsters National 401(k) plan with mandatory employer contributions.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hard-working men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org to learn more. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.

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Virginia S. Braud