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Facebook shuttle drivers vote to form union

Original post made on Nov 21, 2014

After presenting a petition and holding a rally at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, the 87 drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have voted to unionize, according to Teamsters Local 853.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:16 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

Just another interest group on the take. Par for the course in modern America... if somebody else is making money, it's easier to figure out how to grab some rather than making yourself more useful to society.


Posted by why
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

Why is Facebook refusing to comment? Not very transparent, Mr. Zuckerberg.


Posted by Orchardist
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

"another interest group on the take" - translation - "working class stiffs who want to make a reasonable wage to support their families"

Bunch of commie socialists!


Posted by what a world
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, a bunch of commie socialists driving buses in Bay Area commuter traffic to haul around rich techies rather than finding a real gig that's "more useful to society." Like coal mining or working the cotton fields. And the lag time between morning and night commute? They're probably sitting on their lazy behinds drinking beer and watching sports TV in a bar. The good-for-nothings.

Mr. Davis, you are a piece of work.


Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

To Joseph E. Davis: For your sake, let us hope that your post was meant as sarcasm. Because if you are actually serious, you really need help.


Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Joseph E. Davis's post is a typical republican response. His posts have been this way for years.


Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

SteveC -- So this is par for the course from this character?

Charming.


Posted by Orchardist
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

What has America come to?

Working Americans who are stuck working onerous split shifts and looking for a little help are now freeloading bloodsuckers.

"grab some rather than making yourself more useful to society."

Workers are now not "useful."


Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

How do we affect their path of delivery and pickup?
Currently they drive all the way up Sharon Park Drive through the neighborhoods when they could very well leave people off at Safeway/CVS.
Having additional buses rolling through the neighborhoods is a terrible and just added noise pollution.


Posted by Orchardist
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Annabelle, what does that have to do with the drivers? They do not pick the route.


Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

pogo is a registered user.

SteveC -

It's not a typical REPUBLICAN response. It's MR. DAVIS'S typical response.

Don't confuse the two. There are a lot of nuts on both sides posting ridiculous statements. Attribute them to their rightful author. In this case, he is actually providing his name.


Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

SteveC is a registered user.

Pogo: I did and it is


Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

Unfortunately when the shuttle service goes out to bid next time, the additional Union costs "MIGHT" make the bid higher. we shall see.

In this VERY competitive market all costs (fuel, labor, mechanical) are factors in bidding. I would imagine they are profitable now with the drastic reduction in fuel costs.

I haven't looked at the transportation industry of late but I would guess CAPEX costs are the majority of the burden. Fuel at 4 gallons per hour vs. labor are probably a wash.

Roy


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