Facebook shuttle drivers who are employed by bus contractor Loop Transportation have approved a labor contract lending them higher pay and improved working conditions, the San Francisco Business Times reports. 87 drivers at Loop who are affiliated with the Teamsters all voted in approval of the contract, a unionization whose details are still being worked out with Facebook.

Rome Aloise, an international vice president with the Teamsters in charge of the Local 853, told the Business Times that, "[T]hese workers will see the value of representation and want their little piece of the pie.... mega corporations like Apple... They have an obligation to the workers and the workers that support those employees the same way GM had an obligation to their workers in the 1940s."

According to the Business Times, new benefits include:

  • Seniority provisions
  • Guaranteed hours based on scheduled shifts
  • Guaranteed overtime
  • Paid jury duty
  • 11 paid holidays, plus whatever extra days Facebook takes
  • Up to five weeks paid vacation
  • Personal leave for medical, maternity, rehabilitation and school visits
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Nine days paid sick leave
  • Grievance and arbitration procedures
  • Health care for workers and family of full time workers, fully paid by Loop
  • $10,400 in contributions for a defined contribution retirement plan for each full time worker over the length of the three-year contract
  • Workers who don't want to work split shifts are guaranteed a minimum six-hour day
  • Those who work splits get a better salary
  • Pay-rate protections for working shifts that pay lower wages should the worker return to the higher-rate job

On February 27th, we'll see another vote by drivers employed at Compass Transportation. They shuttle Apple, Yahoo, Zynga, and Genentech.

Related: Report: Tech Shuttle Drivers Have Pretty Miserable Lives