Cab Drivers Back to Work after 14 Week Strike

July 14, 2009, 4:06 PM EST

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CAW workers at Veteran Cab in Windsor, Ontario have ratified a new deal by 77 per cent.
This four year agreement concludes the strike which began on April 2, when more than 300 Veteran cab drivers represented by CAW Local 195 went on strike after negotiations between the union and company broke down.

"Overall, the membership was happy with what was accomplished at the bargaining table on their behalf," said Gerry Farnham, CAW Local 195 president. 

The new agreement includes a reduction in rental and lease rates, as well as more vacation days, which were key priorities for the membership, said Farnham.

Members are anxious to get back on the job after the lengthy strike. Tareq Ayyash, a Veteran Cab driver, told the Windsor Star he just wants to get back to work.

CAW president Ken Lewenza spoke to the members at the meeting, expressing his support for Local 195 and for the members to ratify the agreement. The last deal was rejected by 65 per cent on July 10.

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