Mike Stebbins, a snowplow driver, NDPEA member and North Dakota Department of Transportation supervisor in Underwood, said he sees the benefit in numbers and having more people speak on behalf of public employees.
Stebbins said plow drivers make up a small portion of NDPEA membership, but he is confident under North Dakota United, drivers will still be well represented. He said drivers’ concerns are like those of other employees, including collective bargaining for wages and benefits.
“Without me, no one in the state could get where they need to go,” Stebbins said. “I’m out on the road basically 24/7 in the winter. I deserve to be compensated for when I’m out there risking my life on the road.”