First Student employees in Hudson join Teamsters Local 170

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First Student employees in Hudson join Teamsters Local 170
First Student bus operators and monitors in Hudson have voted to join Teamsters Local 170. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

HUDSON – First Student bus operators and monitors in Hudson have voted to join Teamsters Local 170. 

The 29 bus workers provide student transportation for Hudson Public Schools. 

“Local 170 is proud to welcome the hardworking men and women at First Student in Hudson to the Teamsters,” said Secretary-Treasurer Shannon George. “These workers play a pivotal role in the Hudson community, and we look forward to getting to work on an industry-leading supplemental agreement for them.”

George thanked Local 170 organizer Shawn Stevens and Business Agent Jim Marks for their commitment to getting the workers representation under the Teamsters.

“Having union representation in this industry is critical to ensuring we have fair working conditions and a voice on the job,” said John Flinkfelt, who is a bus driver and trainer at First Student in Hudson. “My co-workers and I are thrilled to be Teamsters, and I am grateful to my colleagues Lisa Montague and Robert Marchand who were a big help in organizing our yard.”

The bus operators and monitors will be covered under the First Student National Master Agreement, which the Teamsters in a press release said was the largest collective bargaining agreement at any private school bus company in the country.

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