High tech companies aren’t known as good labor organizers. While labor unions have been giving a hard time to fast food chains and retailers, they have found a new target: Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). The bus drivers that drive the employees to and from the campus are demanding increase in pay. Voting was done which turned out in favor of the labors opting to join Teamsters. Now Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s labor will turn to Local 853 for increase in pay.
These bus drivers aren’t exactly employed by Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), but they work for the company, indirectly. These bus drivers are contracted by Loop transportation to companies all around. The bus driver union said that they make around 40,000 dollars per year which is one third of what the software engineer in San Francisco makes. It is quite ridiculous to mark a comparison between a software engineer and a bus driver.
San Francisco is one of the most expensive residential locale in U.S. Technology has upped the demand of real estate, rent and housing prices much to the dismay of these unions.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has reiterated that there was no need for the union because the labors are getting good wages along with incentives and benefits provided by the company. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) also claimed that it is paying these drivers much better than what drivers are usually paid.
The union doesn’t agree with Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). The union claims that the working conditions are atrocious and cumbersome, with unreasonable shift timings. Drivers have to work in shifts and sleep in the cars. They are getting 18 dollar an hour when the pay could easily be 30 dollar an hour. The union also insinuated an uprising if their demands weren’t entertained.
Drivers have also complained that working 16 hours a day leaves them no time for home, kids or anything at all for that matter. And on top of that 18 dollar per hour wage is just not good enough for that time shift. Some of these drivers are quite aged and cannot handle such a routine, yet they have to provide for their families. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) raising their pay wouldn’t hurt the company’s finances but will certainly help these drivers to cope with their routine in a better way or at least feel good about it.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) ought to give it a second thought about what can remedy the problem at hand. Because union problems usually grow out of proportion if they are left untended. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has a reputation to uphold and a lot more pressing priorities at hand. Issues as such, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) can’t bear on its back right now. So we’d suggest Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) gets done with it and obliges these drivers once and for all lest the union turns into something else that is unsavory to Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).
As for these labor unions, they ought to respect the policies of the company and appreciate what’s being provided.