Hoffa, McCluskey Lead Fight for Workers' Rights at National Express Group
LONDON, May 13, 2014
-- Global Union Leaders Stand Up for North American School Bus Workers
LONDON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and
Unite the Union General Secretary Len McCluskey met today, as they prepare to
bring their fight for workers' rights to the National Express Group PLC (NEX:
LN) Board of Directors at the company's Annual General Meeting.
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In an historic meeting, the leaders of two of the world's largest, most
powerful unions focused on National Express and the company's poor record of
worker treatment at its North American subsidiaries, Durham School Services
("Durham") in the United States and Stock Transportation in Canada.
"I'm honored to be here in the United Kingdom to stand together with a great
friend of the Teamsters, Len McCluskey. Our unions are coming together to
fight for workers who deserve dignity and respect on the job. We couldn't have
a better partner in our fight than Len and his strong union," Hoffa said.
"I'm proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Jim Hoffa and the Teamsters to
make sure that North American workers are not abused by a British company,"
McCluskey said. "We are demanding that National Express affords the same basic
rights that workers here have for our brothers and sisters across the
Hoffa and McCluskey will address these issues at the Annual General Meeting of
National Express shareholders on May 14 in Birmingham, England. The union
leaders will be joined by a delegation of Teamsters, including North American
school bus drivers and monitors who work for Durham in Illinois, Florida and
The Teamsters Union, a group of United Kingdom local authority pension
funds—Greater Manchester, LB of Islington and Nottinghamshire County
Council—and more than 100 individual investors are sponsoring a shareholder
resolution. The resolution calls on the National Express Board of Directors to
improve board oversight of human capital management, and finally address
systemic and longstanding issues with how the company treats its workers in
North America. Resolution 22 is the only shareholder resolution filed at a
British company this year, and the first shareholder requisitioned resolution
to be presented at National Express.
"These men and women work hard transporting our children. They deserve better
from this company," Hoffa said. "We are here in the UK to stand with Durham
school bus drivers and monitors from the United States. We are letting the
board know firsthand that this company is mismanaging its most valuable asset,
the workers, and placing the long-term value of the company at risk."
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency which oversees
U.S. labor law, has issued more than 60 complaints since 2001 against Durham.
These complaints were denied by Durham but subsequently resulted in
settlements. More complaints have been filed this year and Durham is
As recently as May 9, 2014, the NLRB ruled in favor of school bus drivers and
monitors in Santa Rosa County, Fla., who voted overwhelmingly in Feb. 2013 to
join Teamsters Local 991 in Mobile, Ala. Their employer, Durham, filed
objections to the election in order to delay certification. The NLRB ruled in
favor of the Teamster members and certified the election, dismissing all
objections filed by Durham.
"We're fighting back for school bus workers at National Express. Together, our
strong unions are sending a clear message that National Express needs to clean
up its act. We will continue to raise our voices in the U.S. and the UK until
we see positive change for North American workers," Hoffa said.
The Teamsters Drive Up Standards campaign to improve safety, service and work
standards in the private school bus and transit industry began in 2006. Since
then, more than 36,500 North American school bus and transit workers have
formed a union with the Teamsters to raise their standards.
For more information on Resolution 22, visit www.busfair.org .
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men
and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit
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