Markham, Ontario – Taxi drivers in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario, near Toronto, have voted overwhelmingly to join the Ontario Taxi Workers Union (OTWU).
Drivers employed by Markham and Avenue Taxi and Limousine Service said they needed to unite for respect, to have a voice with their employers, and to address critical issues with the towns of Richmond Hill and Markham.
Ontario’s taxi industry is heavily regulated, with various municipal bylaws affecting everything from setting meter rates to specialized training, along with other requirements for cab drivers.
The OTWU was founded by drivers in Hamilton, Ontario in 2009. Since that time, drivers for Blue Line and Hamilton Cab, major brokerages in that city, have joined the union. Including Markham Taxi, the OTWU has grown to over 1,200 members.