Facebook’s shuttle bus drivers want a union to protect them

Gigaom

This weekend, the Teamsters labor union sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, asking to represent the drivers who schlep Facebook employees to and from the campus every day. The union claims that it was writing “on behalf of the bus drivers who pick up Facebook employees from San Francisco, Palo Alto, and a number of other destinations.”

The letter highlights the fact that Facebook drivers aren’t leading the coddled, cushy lives of the rest of the so-called tech elite. The drivers aren’t officially Facebook employees — they’re contractors working for a separate organization, Loop Transportation. In the letter, the Teamsters said the paltry pay is unacceptable. But drivers told The New York Times that the real problem isn’t the pay — it’s the 15-hour workday.

The drivers make roughly $20 an hour, and most of them can’t afford to live in the expensive Menlo Park neighborhood around Facebook’s campus. It takes awhile for them to commute home…

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