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After 22 days on the picket line, members of CUPE Local 4266-08 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Ottawa taxi dispatchers, have ratified a new and improved collective agreement, ending their strike which began New Years eve.

We sure had to fight for it, but we finally have a meaningful wage increase and a benefit plan, said CUPE 4266 chief steward Donna Reaney. Were proud of our members and how they stood up to achieve these basic workers rights.

The strikers won a benefit plan, which they didnt have at all before the strike, and a wage increase of over 20% for full-time workers, as well as other contract improvements.

The support we received from so many in our union, the community and the entire labour movement helped sustain us through the bitterly cold and long days on the picket line, says Reaney. Ottawa residents will once again be able to call for a taxi with confidence, knowing they will reach a dedicated, professional call taker who knows how to get them where they need to go, quickly and safely.