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.
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.