SuperShuttle workers protest Veolia’s low wages

Source: Steven Ceci, Worker’s World, January 31, 2014

One after another, the mostly West African immigrant SuperShuttle workers poured out their grievances in front of the Veolia transportation headquarters in Baltimore on Jan. 20 — the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — expressing their anger at what they described as near-slavery working conditions. Global transportation giant Veolia, which owns SuperShuttle, is notorious for its anti-worker activities. Tony Koukou Yovo, who was fired after he spoke out against Veolia’s practices, and Patrick Benhene, another outspoken leader, declared their intentions not to be silenced. They were followed by many co-workers, like Mohammad Cisse, who described how he had to sleep in his van to barely break even financially and how his family suffered. Claire Evans, a SuperShuttle leader from Washington, D.C./Virginia, expressed her support for her co-workers. Countless other workers took the microphone describing terrible working conditions and why they were resisting…