VANCOUVER, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) served 72-hour strike notice today at the bargaining table with Dynamex, a division of Montreal-based transportation conglomerate TransForce Inc. (TFI-T).
CAW Local 114 (http://www.cawlocal.ca/114/) represents 240 workers at one of the largest bargaining units within Dynamex within Vancouver and surrounding areas including bike couriers and dependent contractor owner operators providing same day, dedicated, and cartage courier service.
The union has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
"TransForce recently reported the highest revenues in its history and maintained excellent profitability yet it won't provide a fair deal to its workers at Dynamex in Vancouver," said CAW National Representative Gavin McGarrigle. "The company prefers an "asset light" model where most of the costs and risk are downloaded onto dependent owner operators" he added. "The union is seeking recognition of the minimum costs for owner operators to put vehicles on the road and provide a day's work," he added.
The workers at Dynamex voted 77% in favour of strike action on March 10 and have been without a new contract for almost a year since April 1, 2012.
"The CAW members at Dynamex provide more than a fair day's work," said McGarrigle. "It's time for the company to honour their end of the bargain, settle a fair contract and stop downloading costs and risk onto its workers," he added.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
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