This video from the USA says about itself:
In Midst Of Pandemic SF School Bus Drivers Face Attack By SFUSD & First Student On Healthcare
The San Francisco Unified School District SFUSD superintendent and Board of Education are refusing to provide healthcare to school bus drivers who are members of SMART Local 1741. They are employed by subcontractor First Student.
A panel of union members discussed the issues they face. They included SMART 1741 president Sharon Chappill, Vice President Angel Watson, members Jim Charas, Shane Hoff and Leslie Salazar who discussed the issues they face.
There are 400,000 to 500,000 school bus drivers who also face a struggle to protect their healthcare and benefits. They also discussed the effort to subcontract their work to ZUM which is similar to UBER and Lyft where drivers are not certified and trained to transport children.
This interview was done by WorkWeek on August 18, 2020.
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