Teamsters Score Victory Over Durham School Services

17 August 2005

National Express Subsidiary Must Pay $25,000 To Racine School Bus Drivers And Rerun Union Election


3rd November 2003


(Racine, Wisconsin) – On Monday October 20, Durham School Services—a subsidiary of U.K.-based multi-national transport company National Express—settled 12 charges of labour law violations with school bus drivers and Teamsters Local 43. The charges were based on the company’s alleged intimidation of workers during a 2001 representation election.


The rerun election will be held at least 60 days after an official posting of the settlement. Additionally, five workers—some fired or disciplined during the 2001 election campaign—will receive a total of approximately $25,000 from Durham based on the terms of the agreement. The company must also post a promise to workers that it will not engage in harassment, surveillance, threats or other actions against workers based on their union activities.


“It’s great news to see justice come to Racine school bus drivers,” said Steve Mack, Director of the Teamsters Industrial Trades Division. “The Teamsters Union will work hard to ensure a fair election for these drivers in the coming months.”


In 2002, National Express Corp. earned $52.2 million in profits from its U.S. operations. The company contracts with 374 public agencies, runs a fleet of more than 14,000 vehicles in 31 states, and employs 22,000 people in the U.S. It is the nation’s third largest school bus company.



Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.

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