Drivers with Téo Taxi, a subsidiary of Alexandre Taillefer’s Montreal-based Taxelco company, have officially formed a union.
The 400 workers are members of Local 1999 of the Teamsters union, affiliated with the FTQ. Quebec’s Tribunal administratif du travail approved the union accreditation on Monday.
“These workers become the first unionized salaried workers in the Quebec taxi industry,” noted Stéphane Lacroix, director of communications and public affairs for the Teamsters.
Téo Taxi drivers are salaried, unlike other taxi drivers, which allows them to unionize according to Quebec’s labour code.
The Teamsters submitted a request for accreditation on July 31, having gotten signed membership cards from a majority of workers. The employer did not oppose the request for accreditation. But the union has filed complaints alleging layoffs were made for union activities. Those complaints should be heard in November.