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Kelowna Cabs dispatchers heading back to work

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June 21, 2021 - 11:33 AM

After being locked out for four months, dispatchers and call takers at Kelowna Cabs have ratified a collective agreement and are working out the specific details of when they will return to work.

“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,” Christy Slusarenko, vice-president of the union MoveUP, said in a news release issued today, June 21.

Bargaining for a first collective agreement broke off last November when the company issued layoff notices, saying it would have the work done through an app.

READ MORE: Effort to decertify union at Kelowna Cabs fails

The Labour Relations Board ordered the company back to the bargaining table.

A lockout notice was issued Feb. 26.

There was a subsequent effort to decertify the union, which also failed.

A clause in the new collective agreement allows the company to use new technology and/or call centres to do that work as long as it doesn't reduce the amount of bargaining unit work.

— This story was updated at 1:27 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021 with additional information.

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