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News :: Labor
Unionized School Bus Drivers Rally in Dorchester
01 Feb 2014
Modified: 05:09:59 PM
Hundreds of workers rallied for labor union rights in Boston.
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The Boston School Bus Drivers labor union the United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8751 held a demonstration in the Dorchester section of Boston outside one of the main school bus yards. A crowd of 300 workers and allies gathered to give a militant show of support to labor union leaders who have been fired. Ever since Veolia Transportation took over the operation of the Boston Public Schools bus fleet in July, 2013 some 700 drivers, organized in United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8751, have endured a steady stream of abuse from this vindictive employer. Trampling on the union contract negotiated by its predecessor, the new management has flouted long-established work rules, including by arbitrarily reassigning routes, and made a practice of shortchanging drivers on their paychecks when finally getting around to distributing them. Boston’s embattled school bus drivers, who are largely Haitian, Cape Verdean and Latino, have fought back. Today's protest was a part of that struggle. A brief video to give a feeling of the crowd of workers demonstrating for their rights is on Dailymotion video share site at And on Vimeo at - The title is " Boston Union Bus Drivers Rally 1 Feb 2014 " for the seven minute video emphasizing the crowd not the speeches.
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