Seeking Justice for CAW Airport Limo Drivers

March 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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In a case between the CAW representing 200 airport limo drivers and the limo company, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled that maintaining the existing high fees paid by the drivers is not justified within the realm of collective bargaining.

"At the hearing, the board said that once workers organize through a union, they have the right to better their lives -the status quo does not apply," said Sukhvinder Johl, CAW national representative.

Although the application for first contract final binding arbitration was rejected at the March 9 hearing, the board did lay out a set of guidelines for how to proceed with negotiations and has also appointed a mediator, said Johl. Should the company still refuse to make any compromises on its position, the union can reapply for binding arbitration to reach the first collective agreement.

"This ruling wholly supports what we've been saying since the beginning of this lock out -that workers have a right to improve their working conditions through collective bargaining and that the company is being unreasonable in expecting otherwise," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. The union will continue to push for justice for the drivers, and will commence mediated negotiations over the coming days and weeks, he said.
The Toronto airport limo drivers are employed by McIntosh, Air Cab and Aaroport and have been locked out of their jobs since December 1.  The drivers are represented by CAW Local 252.

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