Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers Joining Unions Faster than Apple Releases New iPhone Models

The Teamsters have contacted the CEOs of six Silicon Valley-area companies – Amtrak, Apple, eBay, Genetech, Yahoo, and Zynga – to tell them that their drivers want to join a union. According to the Union, a majority of the 120 drivers that transport those companies’ employees have signed authorization cards to be represented by Teamsters Local 853, the same union that organized Facebook’s shuttle bus drivers. This is big news in the area. Until now, the only worker organization to get a toehold in the Valley has been the Service Employees International Union that organized some of the janitors working in some of the buildings.

Matt Austin is a lawyer based in the Columbus, Ohio office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA who limits his practice to representing employers dealing with labor, employment, and OSHA matters. You can call Matt at (614) 723-2010 or email him at