Ottawa airport taxi drivers’ labour dispute

Dear APUO members,

September 15, 2015 – Since August 11, there has been a labour dispute at the Ottawa airport. According to Unifor Local 1688, which represents taxi drivers, the Ottawa airport authority wants Coventry Connections (the city’s largest taxi firm) to increase dispatch fees paid by drivers fivefold. The taxi drivers have withheld fees since August 1, but have continued to serve their customers. In response, the airport authority locked them out. While the labour dispute is ongoing, APUO members may want to consider taking alternative means of transportation to and from the airport, such as OCTranspo (it takes about 40 minutes from the Glebe, for example) or personal transportation. For more information, please see the attached leaflet.

With kind regards,

The APUO Executive Committee

Tentative settlement at St-Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers

I am pleased to advise you that our colleagues at St. Francis Xavier have reached a tentative settlement after 17 days on strike. A ratification vote is scheduled for tomorrow, with the Executive unanimously recommending acceptance.  Details of the settlement will be released to the membership at the meeting.

As we saw with Brandon last year, it sometimes takes a strike to convince administrations and boards of governors that they must agree to fair and equitable terms in a collective agreement.  Congratulations to our everyone in the St.FXAUT for their determination, commitment and solidarity in these difficult times.