Beaufort School Bus Workers Vote To Authorize Strike At Durham

        Beaufort School Bus Workers Vote To Authorize Strike At Durham

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COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 28, 2013

Beaufort Teamsters Stand with Charleston, Dorchester SD 2 Drivers and Monitors

COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Durham School
Services drivers and monitors in Beaufort, S.C., have voted overwhelmingly,
93-2, to authorize a strike. They join drivers and monitors in Charleston and
Summerville's Dorchester School District 2 who voted unanimously in recent
weeks to also authorize a strike.

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The drivers and monitors, members of Teamsters Local 509 in Columbia, S.C.,
are seeking a fair contract from Durham that values their hard work and
secures decent and safe working conditions in transporting area
schoolchildren.

"We had to take a strike vote to get Durham to get serious in negotiations.
We've met over 39 times with the contractor and they hadn't moved on the key
issues of concern to the drivers and monitors," said L.D. Fletcher, President
of Local 509.

"I've been transporting kids for 20 years and I care about my kids. We have
real concerns and the strike vote shows how much the drivers and monitors
support our union in trying to resolve the difficult issues we're facing with
the company," said Elisa Nix-Jones, a Durham driver and Teamster shop steward
in Beaufort.

Negotiations between Teamsters Local 509 and Durham are currently scheduled to
continue on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

There are about 620 Teamsters Local 509 members at Durham in Charleston,
Summerville and Beaufort.

Durham is a subsidiary of National Express Group, a profitable multinational
corporation based in the United Kingdom and the second-largest provider of
student transportation services in the United States.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 509

Contact: Kara Deniz, +1-202-497-6610, kdeniz@teamster.org