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 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.
The 18 month pilot program will allow private shuttle buses for tech companies to use a limited number of Muni stops in San Francisco.
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.”
As protests heat up in San Francisco over so-called “Google buses” and tax breaks for tech companies, San Jose officials are hoping to lure companies with a friendlier business climate.
Google workers who live in the East Bay can now make the commute to the company’s Silicon Valley campus by sea.