HAMILTON – A protracted legal disagreement stretching over two years has finally concluded and the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has certified the Ontario Taxi Workers Union (OTWU) as the official negotiating mediator for drivers of Blue Line Transportation services in Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Blue Line Taxi was founded in 1984

The past few years had been frustrating ones in Blue Line’s push to form a union as the transportation service’s appeals had been repeatedly postponed.

The cabbies initially organized to join the Ontario Taxi Workers Union in 2010, but their efforts to be recognized by the OLRB had been delayed ever since. As part of a provisional agreement between the two unions, the United Steelworkers’ (USW) legal team argued the case on behalf of the OTWU. The Steelworkers’ Union has applauded the OLRB ruling and commends the Ontario Taxi Workers Union on its most recent victory.

“We are delighted to have won this hard-fought battle to unite Blue Line taxi drivers,” remarked Faheem Shahid, current President of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union. “This is about justice and dignity for all Hamilton taxi drivers. United with our union brothers and sisters at Hamilton Cab, we now have a strong voice to make sure the taxi industry works for all of us,” said Shahid.

Blue Line drivers, the latest members of the OTWU, have already opened talks to negotiate their first contract.

I am currently entering my third year at McMaster University as an Honours English Major; previously, I attended Victoria College in the University of Toronto. Considering my inquisitive tendencies and my delight in communicating to audiences, I can hardly feign surprise at having found myself in the enterprise of media work. In terms of writing, I abhor the boring and I delight in the dynamic; I try my best to correspond these principles into expression that is both clear and engaging. My areas of contribution to the Bay Observer span many topics and most notably focus on technology, health, art, culture, soccer, and local news.

One Comment to: Union Breakthrough for Blue Line Taxi Drivers

  1. EmmaCay

    February 11th, 2013

    Now, that is one fine Hamilton taxi. I love these great vintage cars. I’d love to drive up and down around New York City in one of these old things. http://www.hamiltoncab.com


Leave a Reply

  • (not be published)