Lock Out of CAW Local 252 Member Limo Drivers: Update

March 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EST


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After being locked out for months by an employer who is refusing to negotiate, the CAW has applied for first contract arbitration for CAW Local 252 members who are Toronto airport limo drivers.

"Our members have been locked out for 3 months now with no end in sight," said CAW national representative Sukhvinder Johl. "The company's position on all the outstanding issues is untenable and their response is tailor made for rejection by the committee. Clearly they are bargaining in bad faith. The union has taken an unprecedented step to apply for a first contract arbitration."

Mediation and hearings into this dispute are scheduled in early March. 

Toronto airport limo drivers who are employed by McIntosh, Air Cab and Aaroport have been locked out of their jobs since December 1.

The 200 locked out drivers are members of CAW Local 252. The company owner has refused to issue drivers provincial registration stickers, effectively locking the workers out of their cars and their jobs.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said the company owner has shown complete disregard for the limo drivers, leaving negotiations after demanding an increase to already highly-inflated fees collected by the company.

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