Loyola Shuttle Drivers and Other Chicago Transit Workers to Vote on Strike

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Loyola students could see intercampus shuttle service come to a halt as a result of a possible transit worker strike, officials said.

Two bargaining units of Chicago transit workers, including Loyola’s intercampus shuttle drivers, will vote on a strike initiative Tuesday, according to a press release by Teamsters Local 727, a local union representing shuttle and paratransit drivers.

If the strike is approved, shuttle and transit drivers across the city may stop working for an unknown amount of time. 

The 100 drivers represented in employer MV Transportation’s Division 422 not only drive Loyola shuttles on all campuses and at the Loyola University Medical Center, but they also transport children with special needs in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), according to the release. 

Local 727 filed multiple unfair labor practice charges against MV Transportation, according to the union’s press release. There are currently no details on the specifics of the charges.

The charges are currently pending with Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency responsible for enforcing labor laws in the U.S.

The unfair labor practices allegedly occurred during negotiations over the summer which were meant to address the first collective bargaining agreement — a written agreement between a company and the union that establishes the conditions of employment — which covers new CPS bus drivers and Loyola drivers, the press release said.

Local 727 represents nearly 10,000 men and women in the Chicagoland area, including 300 other MV Transportation workers, according to the release. 

“These men and women work tirelessly every single day to ensure the safety of Chicagoland students and provide an essential service to a vulnerable population,” said John Coli Jr., the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “They deserve nothing less than to be treated with respect, which includes an employer that bargains in good faith.”

Claire O’Malley, a sophomore advertising and public relations and French double major, said she uses the shuttles three days a week because they’re more convenient than the CTA Red Line. She said a strike would make the trains much busier.

“A strike would relegate every student to the bus or train which requires extra walking to get where you’re going,” O’Malley said. “I’d be okay with it but some people rely on the shuttle much more than I do.”

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, MV Transportation, Loyola Campus Transportation and Local 727 weren’t able to be reached for comment. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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