Steelworkers ready and able to help Hamilton taxi drivers

    HAMILTON, ON, July 24 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser said Thursday the union is happy to provide assistance
to the Cab Driver Welfare Association of Hamilton in the drivers' struggle for
fair compensation.
    "The USW understands that taxi drivers face skyrocketing fuel costs, high
lease rates, and insurance costs that hurt their ability to make a livable
income," said Fraser. "It is a goal of our union to defend the interests of
marginalized workers, many of whom are new Canadians, especially in these
tough economic times."
    Fraser said the USW will work in an inclusive partnership with the
Association and will work to ensure that any decision made by the drivers will
be respected and acted upon.
    The USW has experience in the industry, having worked for many years with
taxi associations across North America, including 6,000 members of the
Montreal Taxi Association.
    "We are pleased to add our expertise and the political muscle of 80,000
members in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces (USW District 6) behind the
members of the Hamilton association."

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