Sierra Club Celebrates Electric School Bus Manufacturer Blue Bird Vote to Join United Steelworkers


Larisa Manescu,

WASHINGTON, DC – With Friday’s vote, Blue Bird workers in Fort Valley, Georgia, are now part of the United Steelworkers.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous released the following statement:

“Electric school buses are better for our climate, our kids and bus drivers, and the health of our communities. The building of a clean energy economy will only be successful when workers have access to safe and healthy working conditions, good wages and benefits, and a voice on the job through collective bargaining. 

“We are encouraged to see Blue Bird workers win their election to join the United Steelworkers. Their victory solidifies that all three major electric school bus manufacturers are unionized. We look forward to seeing Blue Bird workers negotiate a strong contract.”

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