Tulsa bus plant unionizes
BY KYLE ARNOLD World Staff Writer
Monday, February 18, 2013
2/18/13 at 11:29 AM
Some 650 workers at the IC Bus Plant voted to organize with the United Auto Workers.
The union held a card check drive among employees in recent months and reached majority support at the plant last week.
The plant near the Tulsa International Airport makes classic yellow school buses and has about 1,200 employees, although only about 650 fall under the new union.
Navistar, the parent company of IC Bus, LLC, has a neutrality agreement that allows that UAW to organize at its plants, said Navistar spokeswoman Elissa Koc.
The UAW has already organized Navistar plants in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
“Joining with other UAW members working at Navistar and other bus and truck companies only makes sense,” said UAW Region 5 director Gary Jones in a statement. “Our strength comes through solidarity and numbers and we gladly welcome these new members into the UAW.”
A worker on the undercarriage of a school bus at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa back in June 2012. The vehicles are assembled in the company's mile-long factory. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World File