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School bus drivers file suit against Georgia Department of Labor


On Dec. 31, Savannah school bus drivers and monitors filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Labor in the Superior Court of Chatham Co.

Teamsters Local 728 have led the state-wide fight against the Georgia DOL's decision to eliminate unemployment for laid off contracted school workers. They represent 500 Savannah school bus drivers, monitors and mechanics. 

The lawsuit states "the Commissioner of Labor redefined and broadened the definition of educational employers and the disqualification provisions beyond the scope and reach (of the law)". It also claims that Georgia law ‘does not authorize (denials) for employees of private for-profit employers that contract with educational institutions and perform non-educational activities'.

Teamsters Local 728 and its First Student members in Savannah are continuing to pursue all means to resolve the dispute, including staging sit-ins and protests at Georgia DOL officers in Chatham Co. and Atlanta.

According to the Teamsters, the filed suit is their latest effort to compel the Georgia DOL to pay all unemployment insurance claims submitted by such contracted school workers and to reverse the unlawful and unjust decision by Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. 

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