More than 1,400 taxi drivers in Alberta are now Teamsters...
CALGARY, AB, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ -The attempts made by Teamsters Local
Union 987 to represent some 1400 taxi industry workers in Alberta has
paid off. On February 1, the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB)
ruled that the applications for certification filed by Local Union 987
In 2010, the Teamsters Union launched a large scale campaign to organize
more than 1,400 taxi drivers in Alberta. The ALRB had ordered a vote
after the applications for certification had been filed to determine
whether or not the drivers wanted to join the Teamsters Union.
The vote was sealed ever since, but the ballots were counted February 8.
More than 93% of the drivers voted to join the Teamsters Union.
Taxi drivers who have become part of the Teamsters Union are working for
the Greater EdmontonTaxi Service (GETS), Sun Taxi Service, United Class
Cabs and Access Taxi in Fort MacMurray.
"This is a historic decision for these workers," explains David
Froelich, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 987. "The
employers will no longer be able to make arbitrary decisions."
Indeed, the workers were basically dissatisfied with the fact that their
employers did not treat everyone fairly.
"Yellow Cab's heavy handed ways will soon be over," stated Manjinder
Singh Punia, a Yellow Cab taxi driver. "The drivers will now have a
stronger voice and due process!"
"Brother Punia's sentiment was echoed throughout the streets of
Edmonton, at cab stands and wherever drivers congregated waiting for
fares with 'high-fives' and huge smiles." observed Mr. Froelich. "
This campaign represents one of the most important organizing victories
of the Teamsters Union in recent years.
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada
is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE TEAMSTERS CANADA
For further information:
David Froelich, Secretary-treasurer of Local Union 987