Boston Bus Drivers Rally Photos - 1 Feb 2014

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Boston school bus drivers, organized in United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8751, are fighting a vendetta against union leaders Since it took over management of the buses in June, the company had trampled on the union contract, threatening safety, shortchanging drivers on their paychecks and effectively forcing them to reapply for their jobs. The workers refused to board their buses one morning without a meeting to recognize their union. The basis for the contention that the work stoppage was illegal, which was also the pretext for the firings, is the no-strike clause in the union contract—the only provision that Veolia and the city rulers consider binding. Such pledges by the union bureaucrats, which today are standard practice, bury labor’s most effective weapon in fighting the bosses. With the line drawn in Boston, all of labor should back Local 8751 as part of revitalizing the unions as fighting organizations against the bosses.