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Teamsters take on Silicon Valley

Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

In Silicon Valley, residents are used to seeing big buses rolling through the city transporting workers for tech companies. Now, those drivers want more money.

On Saturday, bus drivers for Apple, Yahoo and eBay, among others, voted to ask for a new wage and benefits package. The 160 drivers are employed by a company called Compass Transportation.

Back in February, the drivers voted for representation by Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, California. Compass now takes the contract to its clients: Apple, Yahoo, Ebay and others.

Under this new, three-year contract, drivers would be paid $27.50 an hour plus overtime as well as employer contributions to a defined pension plan, among other gains. Currently, the Teamsters say the drivers earn about $17 to $21 per hour.

"This contract puts the drivers into a livable wage rate," said Rome Aloise, international vice president and principal officer of Teamsters Local 853. "It gives them something for the future with a defined pension plan. This is a life-changing contract," Aloise said.

So, how are tech companies responding?

In a statement to CNBC, an Apple spokesperson said that it's already working with bus companies to make changes, including funding a 25 percent wage increase, premium pay for coach and shuttle drivers who work split shifts, and improving break and rest areas.

Yahoo and eBay declined comment.

However, if these companies don't approve this new contract, then they can expect a fight. Aloise told CNBC that Apple, Yahoo and eBay will be the targets of a Teamsters campaign if they don't agree to the terms.

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