January 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Medford, NY – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was certified as the bargaining representative for more than 300 workers at a Long Island school-bus company Dec. 21, after the National Labor Relations Board dismissed the employer’s challenge to the results of a union election in February.
Workers at East End Bus in Medford had voted 121-103 to join Teamsters Local 1205, and the NLRB regional director had approved the results for a bargaining unit of 328 drivers, matrons, dispatchers, and mechanics, but the company argued that three clerical workers’ votes should have been counted, on the grounds that they were involved in plant maintenance. The NLRB’s national commissioners ruled 3-0 that the appeal “raises no substantial issues warranting review.” “This is a really meaningful win for us,” Local 1205 Vice President Gary Kumpa said in a statement. “This signals the end of pointless legal wrangling with the company and allows us to get serious about negotiating a contract to improve working conditions for our members.” Read more