Victory for Boston school bus drivers union [Workers World]

By Tony Murphy March 6, 2015

~ Kirschbaum acquitted as frame-up collapses ~

Dorchester, Mass. — The campaign to rehire and win justice for four Boston school-bus drivers, illegally fired by the notorious union-busting Veolia Corp., got a big shot in the arm on March 5. After only only ten minutes of deliberation, a jury voted unanimously to acquit union leader Steve Kirschbaum of all charges brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In October of 2013, the notorious union-busting company Veolia, hired by the city to operate school transportation, fired four of the union leaders — Grievance Chair Kirschbaum, Recording Secretary Andre Francois, Steward Garry Murchison and Vice President Steve Gillis — after locking out the workers and falsely claiming that the union had conducted a “wildcat strike.”

The frame-up charges were brought after a June 30, 2014, rally of hundreds of school bus drivers was held to demand the rehiring of the four. The action ended with an indoor rally in the drivers’ break room. Veolia managers provided false statements to the Commonwealth to make it look like they had been attacked by Kirschbaum and that the premises had been violently entered.

The charges, while totally made up, were serious. They initially included three felonies: breaking and entering to commit a felony; malicious destruction of property; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and trespassing.

The courtroom victory was the result of an eight-month people’s mobilization that included six pack-the-court rallies; national call-in days to both the district attorney and the mayor; and weekly bus yard rallies organized by the local. People’s lawyers Barry Wilson and John Pavlos skillfully and passionately tore the frame-up apart and successfully turned the tables on Veolia and the political establishment, putting the union busters on trial…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.workers.org/articles/2015/03/06/victory-for-boston-school-bus-drivers-union/

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