HAMILTON, ON, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Members of the newly established
Ontario Taxi Workers Union (OTWU) have elected Ejaz Butt as union
President and other key leaders to senior executive positions. The
OTWU, which represents drivers employed by Hamilton Cab and Blue Line,
was certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board earlier this month,
becoming the largest cab drivers' union in the province.
In addition to the decisive victory for Mr. Butt and his executive team,
union members also voted strongly to give their leaders a mandate to
obtain labour movement services and support as the OTWU moves into
collective bargaining. "Members have sent a message to Blue Line and
Hamilton Cab management. We are united and ready for tough first
negotiations towards a fair first contract," said Mr. Butt.
"Drivers also overwhelmingly endorsed a motion for us to get started on
setting up the services we need. I am excited to talk with the United
Steelworkers given their experience here in Hamilton and in organizing
the taxi industry. Our members understand we need that kind of strength
and support to get the things we want in our collective agreement." The
OTWU's Elections Committee worked hard to ensure the union's membership
was confident the election process was fair and transparent. That goal
"Now the employers will understand who they are dealing with," said Reza
Housseinoun of the Toronto iTaxiworkers association, who was one of the
committee members overseeing the election. "This union is ready for the
next challenges and I hope everyone will work together to accomplish
their common goals." The OTWU executive announced it will immediately
start working on next steps to move the process of negotiations forward
and will soon announce a date for its first general membership meeting.
The members of the new OTWU executive are:
President - Ejaz Butt
Vice-President - Faheem Shahid
General Secretary - Jamie MacArthur
Treasurer - Mohammad Idrish
Hamilton Cab Directors: Omar Drissi, Mohamud Iman, Ajmal Khan, Wasim
Khan, Annie Lovas.
Blue Line Directors: Asif Abbas, Magdi Fadl, Nadeem Muhammad, Mahmood
Ali Naimpoor, Habibullah Khan Niazi.
SOURCE Ontario Taxi Workers Union
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