Uber once again slams the door on workers’ rights

UFCW Canada union files unfair labour practice application at Ontario Labour Board as Toronto-area union drive by Uber Black drivers is detoured by latest Uber move

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In an about-face move that undermines the union drive by Toronto-area Uber limousine drivers, Uber has introduced Premier – competing with its own Uber Black limousine service and marginalizing, if not eliminating, the work at issue in the organizing campaign. In response to the unilateral decision that leaves hundreds of Uber Black drivers in the lurch, UFCW Canada, the Union for Uber Drivers, filed an Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) earlier today.

“This is a clear indication that Uber refuses to play by the rules while believing they are beyond reproach,” says Pablo Godoy, National Coordinator of Gig and Platform-Employer Initiatives at UFCW Canada. “Uber drivers chose to unionize precisely because decisions are made that affect their lives without their consultation, much less consent.”

With the filing of the ULP, the drivers are optimistic that the labour board will use its powers to hold Uber accountable for its circumvention of the law, and for Uber’s ongoing attempts to ignore the legitimacy of the drivers’ hard-fought organizing campaign.

“It does not surprise me that Uber continues to undermine our right to union recognition,” says Ejaz Butt, a Toronto-area Uber Black limousine driver and member of the union. “What does surprise me is our government’s failure to act. Hopefully that changes with our ULP filing.”

Since launching the Uber Divers United (www.ufcw.ca/uber) campaign in 2019, UFCW has become the leading voice for ride-hailing drivers in Canada, signing up hundreds of Uber Black drivers in Toronto and spearheading organizing efforts in British Columbia, as well as other parts of the country. To learn more about the campaign to bring justice and fairness to Uber and other ride-hailing drivers, visit UFCW’s Uber Drivers United website (www.ufcw.ca/uber).

About UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada is the country’s leading private sector union, representing more than 250,000 union members across Canada working in food retail and processing, transportation, health care, logistics, warehousing, agriculture, hospitality, manufacturing, and the security and professional sectors. UFCW is the country's most innovative organization dedicated to building fairness in workplaces and communities. UFCW Canada members are your neighbours who work at your local grocery stores, hotels, airport food courts, taxi firms, car rental agencies, nursing homes, restaurants, food processing plants, and thousands of other locations across the country. To find out more about UFCW and its ground-breaking work, visit www.ufcw.ca.

Contact Information

Pablo Godoy
National Coordinator of Gig and Platform-Employer Initiatives
UFCW Canada