Birnie Bus workers vote against unionizing

Birnie Bus workers voted on Friday and have decided not to for a union.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 9:47 PM

Utica, N.Y. - Birnie Bus workers voted not to unionize on Friday.

CSEA Spokesperson Jill Asencio released the following statement to News Channel 2 late Friday night, "It did not go the workers' way. It's unfortunate that Birnie management would ignore the calls from workers and the community they serve to work together to address the issues that affect our children and put all their energy AND taxpayers money into a campaign to beat back their employees attempts to make Birnie a better company for the people they serve."

About 250 employees voted, but Asencio says the vote totals are not being released.

We have placed a call to Birnie Bus to get a comment from the company, but no one answered the company phones Friday evening.

Bus drivers, monitors and local parents picketed outside the bus terminal on Dwyer Avenue in Utica last week.

They said they were doing so to bring awareness to a number of problems they say are a cause for concern.

Birnie Bus serves school districts in the Utica and Rome area.

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