Updated: January 2, 2013 1:38AM
School bus drivers and monitors with Illinois Central School Bus have voted to join Teamsters Local 777.
The 220 workers in the bargaining unit drive Waukegan Unit School District 60 students.
The Waukegan workers had voted in a National Labor Relations Board election in May 2012 at the same time as four other Illinois Central locations.
The Waukegan drivers lost their election by a vote of 86-90.
The Teamsters local, based in west suburban Lyons, filed more than 20 unfair labor practice charges and seven objections to the election.
The NLRB found merit in the charges and advised the company that they would pursue a bargaining order.
The company came to a settlement agreement to reinstate two workers who had been fired during the campaign — Roberto Rodriguez and Rodrick Booker — with full back pay, compensate seven other workers with back pay owed to them and have a re-run election.
“It was a very contentious campaign. The real heroes are the drivers and monitors who stood strong against this company,” said Jim Glimco, president of Local 777.
The victory is the latest in an effort by the Teamsters union to organize private school bus and transit workers across the nation, according to Glimco.
Since the organizing campaign began in 2006, more than 34,000 drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics have become Teamsters.
Nationwide, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.