The First Student National Master Agreement: What You Need to Know
The First Student National Master Agreement is a significant development for the transportation industry. This agreement is a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been signed between First Student, Inc., and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The CBA covers over 20,000 school bus drivers, aides, and monitors who work for First Student across the country.
The agreement was negotiated over several months, and it addresses a wide range of issues related to the compensation, benefits, scheduling, and safety of First Student employees. Some of the key provisions of the agreement include:
Wage Increases: First Student employees will receive a wage increase of at least 3% per year over the life of the agreement. This is a significant increase for many employees who have been struggling to make ends meet.
Benefits: The CBA includes provisions for increases in health care benefits, including dental, vision, and prescription coverage. The agreement also expands the availability of paid sick time and vacation for First Student employees.
Scheduling: The agreement includes new provisions for scheduling that are designed to give employees more flexibility and control over their work schedules. These provisions include the ability to select preferred shifts, and the creation of a new system to allow employees to request changes to their schedules.
Safety: The First Student National Master Agreement includes several provisions designed to improve the safety of employees and students. This includes provisions related to driver training, improved communication and coordination between drivers and dispatchers, and new equipment and safety technology.
Overall, the First Student National Master Agreement is an important development in the transportation industry. It represents a significant step forward for the compensation, benefits, scheduling, and safety of First Student employees. By negotiating this agreement, First Student and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have shown that collaborative bargaining can lead to positive outcomes for both employers and employees.