Twelve tech shuttle drivers who work for WeDriveU and shuttle the staff of Santa Clara-based Nvidia are now represented by Local 853.
“These drivers work out of the same parking lot as those at LAM,” says Local 853 business rep Tracy Kelley. “When they saw the LAM group join the union and get wage and benefit increases, they wanted the same for themselves.”
The group started working with Local 853 in October, and submitted their cards for card check recognition on November 6. A week later, the company recognized the unit, making them full union members with coverage in the master agreement.
“WeDriveU has been good to work with,” adds Kelley. “They have been cooperative in giving recognition for new units.” Kelly wanted to give special thanks to Local 853 Organizer Steve Bender and to driver Esperanza Garcia, who was instrumental in getting her fellow drivers to sign and submit their union cards.