02-11-201115 :57 EST
Calgary 11, 2011 – 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 are valid.
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.