Tallahassee Journal

Union and company reach contract for Facebook shuttle drivers

Union and company reach contract for Facebook shuttle drivers

Facebook shuttle bus drivers can expect higher wages and better working conditions as part of a new contract agreement reached today. More than two-thirds of about 90 drivers voted unanimously Saturday to accept a contract negotiated by the Teamsters and South San Francisco-based Loop Transportation, which employs the drivers and has a contract with Facebook.635601324967882148-DSC-0281

Among the key highlights of the contract: a 10% shift differential on top of significant wage increases, hourly pay differential for drivers who work split shifts, as well as a six-hour minimum for drivers who do not want to work split shifts, as well as contributions to a defined pension. Loop-employed drivers who transport employees of Facebook throughout the Bay Area voted for union representation in November 2014.

The Facebook drivers, who work for Loop Transportation, talked about unfair compensation — $18 to $20 an hour — for marathon workdays ferrying six-figure-earning technology workers to and from work. Under the contract, drivers will have hourly pay of $21-$25, increasing to $22.50-$28.50 in three years. Additionally, full-time employees get paid health and medical insurance for them and and their families, with provisions for part-time workers. Workers also get increased holidays and vacation time, seniority rights, protections for drivers in case the company is sold, as well as grievance and arbitration procedures.