[act-ma] Tomorrow! Support Striking Boston School Bus Drivers! Starting @ 5 am

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Tue Oct 8 21:17:45 PDT 2013


           *Come Out to Stand with Boston School Bus Drivers on Strike,*  5
a.m. on, Wednesday, 10/9, all 4 bus yards (Charlestown near Sullivan square
T, 2000 Washington St near Melnea Cass Blvd, Freeport St (Hoyt St and
Dorchester Ave between Fields Corner and Savin HIll in Dorchester) and
Readsville (140 Industrial Drive, Hyde Park)

 The 800+ mainly Haitian Boston School Bus Drivers need your support. Stand
with them and for the safety of Boston's school children against the union
busting and greed of the Veolia corporation and the threats and
intimidation of the Mayor and School Department.

 Tuesday morning Boston awoke to the power of the workers. The 800 + bus
drivers of Local 8751 said "enough is enough" in response to the union
busting and racist plantation-style treatment they have received ever since
the administration of Boston's School Bus contract was taken over by
Veolia, a huge multi-billion dollar transnational corporation headquartered
in France which also is cornering the world's water supply and operates
"settlers only" bus transportation and a "settlers only" landfill in the
West Bank.

 The drivers are fighting to preserve the gains and union rights they have
won over dacades of militant, unwavering union struggle. The contract that
Veolia has with the city says they must honor the existing contract with
the union. Yet it took a major militant march and rally at the company's
offices to get them to sign an agreement that they would honor the
contract, which has only been followed by endless violations leading to the
union filing 15 counts of unfair labor practices with the NLRB.

 As the union's most recent bulletin explains:

 "Grand Theft and Massive, Illegal Unfair Labor Practices Must Stop
 "No Respect -- No Peace!"

 The union membership is continually subjected to disrespect from Veolia
management, constant payroll shortages, de facto pay cuts by use of flat
rates and gps data in violation of the contract, being forced to stand in
line, unpaid, to check in or deal with payroll, and the continued violation
of our contract despite having signed an agreement in June to abide by the
existing contract and practices.

 Enough is enough! Our Boston school bus drivers carry the city's most
precious cargo -- our children. It is time for Veolia, the School
Department and Mayor Menino to treat them with respect!
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