Press Conference Thursday: CAW Demands End to Lock out of Airport Limo Drivers
December 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EST
The CAW is calling for an end to the lock out of approximately 200 Toronto airport limo taxi drivers, employed by McIntosh, Air Cab and Aaroport. The lock out began more than a week ago after the owner of the three firms refused to issue the drivers their provincial vehicle registration stickers, effectively locking them out of their jobs.
The majority of the workers are first generation immigrants of South Asian origin.
The company walked away from negotiations with the CAW Local 252 in early November, refusing to settle on an equitable first agreement and proceeded to lock out the workers. The workers have been picketing the office of the three companies since December 1.
There has been no response from the employer or any indication that he intends to return to negotiations so the drivers can get back to their jobs.
"The workers are grateful for the support they've received, particularly from the Punjabi community," said Sukhvinder Johl, CAW national representative. "This employer is completely taking advantage of this group of workers. The fees are higher than any other company operating out of Toronto's Pearson Airport."
The CAW is calling for a reduction in fees paid to the company owner, including the mark up on car purchases and insurance.
Tomorrow -Thursday, December 9 at 12 noon
Premium Banquet Hall
2360 Lucknow Drive (Closest intersection: Derry Road E and Torbram Road)
For background information on the lock out, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/9672.htm