Court Victory for Toronto Limousine Drivers

January 18, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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An Ontario Superior Court Judge has dismissed two claims by employer Aaroport Limousine against CAW Local 252 members paving the way for first contract arbitration to finally get underway.

Dismissal of the two actions by Justice E.P. Belobaba is a major victory for these Local 252 members who are airport limousine drivers in Toronto. The drivers had been locked out by the employer in a bitter dispute for six months in 2010 to 2011.

CAW Local 252 represents 200 Toronto airport limo drivers who are employed by McIntosh, Air Cab and Aaroport, all owned by the same individuals.

More than a year ago Aaroport Limousine brought two claims against these drivers in Superior Court for recovery of monies the drivers didn't pay them during the labour dispute, which amounted to more than $13,000 per member.

The company also sought to terminate the service agreements that form part of the employment relationship with some of the driver/brokers, which would have the effect of firing those members.

"During the course of negotiations the company maintained that all of its financial proposals were contingent upon agreement by the Union that the members would pay all the "back fees" including "goodwill" which the company said it lost during the dispute," said Sukhvinder Johl, CAW National Representative.

Obviously the company's proposal and the two court actions were an impediment to getting a first agreement, he said.

"Now the CAW can move ahead with the first contract arbitration hearing, which is likely to commence in April," Johl said.

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