Doing the Silicon shuttle
Facebook bus drivers who shuttle the social network’s employees to the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley have ratified union contracts, giving them significant pay increases, improvements in schedules and pensions benefits. Non-union drivers for other Valley companies, among them Apple, Yahoo, eBay, and Zyng are set to vote this week on union representation with the Teamsters.
That may be bad news for other notoriously anti-union SV outfits as Facebook now faces higher transportation costs, though it still needs to approve provider Loop Transportation’s higher charges. The company’s drivers will get a 33% pay increase, employer-funded health insurance, more holiday, a retirement plan and improvements to schedules.
Valley buses out of San Francisco have not been uncontroversial as citizens, increasingly angry at what they see as a tech takeover of their city, have staged protests against the shuttles. Last year, operators were forced to pay $3.55 per pick-up while sharing the same stops as the local bus network after vehicles were picketed.