November 5, 2015


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Re: Mass Demonstration in Support of our Locked Out Ottawa Airport Taxi Drivers from Local 1688

After more than twelve weeks locked out and no resolution in sight, we will be increasing our presence in the Ottawa area in an effort to resolve this dispute. We will be holding a mass demonstration on Friday November 13, 2015 to highlight the conduct of the Ottawa International Airport Authority and Coventry Connections to the travelling public.

Our activities will begin with a meeting and rally at St. Elias Conference Centre and Banquet Facility, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON at 10:00 am, one hour prior to the demonstration. We will depart as a group, in motorcade form. The demonstration will begin at 11:00 am and at that time activities designed to increase public awareness of the sweetheart deal bargained by the Airport Authority and Coventry Connections will commence.

This unfair treatment of these workers must STOP!

As you are aware, Coventry Connections and the Airport Authority met in secret and decided to increase the fees charged to the already-beleaguered taxi drivers. This money grab will net the two enterprises millions of dollars. For the drivers, who work long hours at minimum wage levels, it made an already difficult situation impossible. And when they objected, they were locked out.

Efforts to resolve the dispute have been met with stonewalling by the company and a key player in the dispute, the Airport Authority, has not even been at the table.

Tel/Tél: 905.678.0800 l Toll-free/Sans frais: 1.800.268.9040 l Fax/Téléc: 905.678.7868 l

We are asking all Locals in Ontario and Quebec to attend this important rally. Please go ahead and book local area buses and submit your invoice to the National Office. If you are unable to book a bus please contact Terry Farrell at or 905-678-0800 ext. 232.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this very important action.

In solidarity,






Jerry Dias National President


  1. Ottawa Taxi Drivers Demonstration
  2. Ottawa Taxi Drivers Demonstration_ (French)



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