May 13, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Francisco, CA – Drivers for the San Francisco commuter-van service Chariot have joined Teamsters Local 665. The company, which was acquired by Ford Motor Co.
last year, agreed to recognize the union after a majority of the 215 drivers signed authorization cards, the Teamsters announced May 2. “It usually doesn’t happen this quickly; it reflects positively on them,” said Doug Bloch, political director of Teamsters Joint Council 7. Chariot, founded two years ago, is a private paratransit system in which members can ride in 15-passenger vans on routes between downtown and inner residential areas. It has a fleet of 150 vans and plans to expand to eight more cities this year. Over the last three years, the Teamsters have organized drivers of the company-hired shuttle buses transport bring workers between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley offices of tech companies such as Facebook, Salesforce, Apple, eBay, Netflix, and Twitter. The Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority has an agreement requiring shuttle-bus companies to have labor peace in order to use city bus stops, and the Teamsters want the authority to extend that rule to companies like Chariot. Read more