April 9, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Niagara Falls, NY – After the Union Election results were read to Bus Monitors employed by Niagara Falls Coach Lines on Wednesday (April 5th) evening, a chorus of cheers was let out by those former Non-Union Workers who will now be represented by Teamsters Local 264.
The cheers sent a “wave of emotion” through Local 264 Business Manager Tony Vaccaro, who tells WNYLaborToday.com that he was “choked up” because “their lives have changed for the better.”
By a more than overwhelming vote of 41-to-2, 50 Bus Monitors employed by the Niagara Falls-based School Bus Company are now Union represented after a two-month-long Organizing Campaign conducted by the Buffalo-headquartered Teamsters’ Local, which had already represented 74 Bus Drivers employed by Niagara Falls Coach Lines.
“We represent the Drivers at the company and there was ‘always interest’ (in becoming Union represented), but some (Workers) were ‘scared,’” Vaccaro told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper.
“We were meeting three times a month at the library in Niagara Falls and our meetings ‘continued to grow in size,” Teamsters Local 264 Organizer/Business Agent Darrin Ziemba told WNYLaborToday.com.