Drivers for Compass Transportation, a shuttle-bus company providing commuter services for Google, Apple, Microsoft, Genentech, and other Bay Area clients, voted to join the Teamsters union, union officials said Friday evening.
Shuttle drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have reportedly approved a union contract offering higher pay and more benefits, a victory in organized labor’s effort to unionize workers in Silicon Valley.
Shuttle buses for people who work in the tech industry have made Muni riders mad and have been the subject of protests. A plan to accommodate the shuttles could lead to fewer available parking spaces.
A lawsuit filed against the city of San Francisco today seeks to block the use of commuter shuttle buses at Municipal Railway bus stops, arguing that the practice is illegal and that the city’s plan to charge companies a fee for the use of the bus stops sidestepped state-mandated environmental analysis.
Many of the fights involving “Google Buses” and tech tax breaks are actually being stoked by the politically powerful Service Employees International Union, which represents thousands of San Francisco city workers. Coincidentally they are also in the midst of negotiations with the city for a new proposed contract.
Dozens of protesters in San Francisco blocked a bus headed for Google headquarters Friday morning and dozens more are expected during an afternoon march to rally against the evictions of local teachers and other longtime city residents.
Protesters against the use of private tech shuttle buses blocked a Yahoo bus neat the MacArthur BART station Wednesday morning, and a Twitter photo posting claims that one protester purposefully vomited on the bus’s windshield.
Ahead of a San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ hearing this afternoon on a pending pilot program to charge private shuttle buses for using public bus stops, a group of protesters blocked a Google commuter bus in the city’s Mission District.
The widening income gap between the wealthy and those left behind is sparking debate, anger and sporadic protests.
In what looks to be another skirmish in San Francisco’s escalating gentrification war, Google is said to be making a major move into the city’s Mission District and some are saying “there goes the neighborhood.”