TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - A ruling today by the Ontario Labour Relations
Board to send a contract dispute involving 200 Toronto airport limo
drivers to arbitration is a victory for the locked out CAW members, CAW
President Ken Lewenza says.
The drivers are employed by McIntosh, Air Cab and Aaroport, all owned by
the same individual, and have been locked out of their jobs since
December 1, 2010.
"These workers will be going back to their jobs immediately after months
of uncertainty and hardship," said Lewenza. "The incredible solidarity
of the membership and their leadership resulted in this win for these
workers," Lewenza said.
"This lock-out was totally unnecessary and cruel to this group of
workers," said CAW National Representative Sukhvinder Johl. "Yet the
fight back by our membership was truly inspiring. With today's
decision, our members go back to work immediately while awaiting a
final decision by an arbitrator on what their new contract will be."
CAW Local 252 President Abbot Harvey, representing the drivers said that
this outcome would not have been possible without the workers sticking
together and the great community support they enjoyed. "We particularly
want to thank other local unions and members of the Punjabi and broader
south Asian communities who showed tremendous support to our members in
what was a very difficult situation. We can now look forward to a
positive resolution to this long struggle," said Harvey.
CAW Unit Chair Baljit Garcha said he is elated by the board's decision.
"Now our members can go back to work and put bread back on the table
for their families after six months of struggle," Garcha said. "They
can also go back to providing quality service to the public, which they
have done for so many years."
The company owner had refused to issue drivers the necessary provincial
registration stickers, effectively locking the workers out of their
cars and their jobs December 1, 2010. The company owner had left
negotiations months ago maintaining the status quo and refusing all
union proposals, while demanding an increase to already highly-inflated
fees collected by the company.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
contact CAW National Representative Sukhvinder Johl, cell, 416-419-3009 or CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, cell, 416-302-1699