Kelowna Cabs and union agree to new deal that will end lockout

Labour peace at taxi firm

Labour peace has returned to Kelowna Cabs after the union representing dispatch workers has voted to accept a new collective agreement, ending a lockout that has lasted since February 26.

MoveUP members are set to return to work at Kelowna Cabs after accepting a memorandum of agreement which the BC Labour Relations Board has ordered to become a binding collective agreement on both the union and the employer.

“We are pleased that our members will be returning to work, and with a collective agreement that protects their rights and reinforces the importance of local workers doing local jobs,” said Christy Slusarenko, MoveUP vice-president. “We thank the LRB Vice Chair for their efforts, and thank everybody in the community in Kelowna who showed solidarity with our members and stood together with us to fight to keep jobs local.”

Dispatchers at Kelowna Cabs had been without a contract since May of 2019.

The company was attempting to transfer the dispatching of cabs from the local office to an overseas call centre.

Under provisions of the agreement, Kelowna Cabs would end the lockout, the union would withdraw unfair labour complaints against the company and the decertification application of certain employees will be withdrawn. Each of the five members would also receive a $250 signing bonus.

The new agreement does not preclude the company from using technology or an outside call centre to assist with the dispatching of calls, however, it states that technology cannot result in a reduction of the bargaining unit work.

The three-year contract is retroactive to June 1, 2019, and is set to expire May 31 of next year.

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