Uber Drivers Represented by A Union

Some 100,000 Uber Canada drivers and delivery workers will now be able to be defended and represented by one of the largest private sector unions in Canada, the company announced on Wednesday, speaking of a “historic agreement”.

Drivers and deliverers, who are self-employed, will not be unionized. However, if they wish and free of charge, the latter will be able to benefit from the services of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW) union to represent them in the event of problems.

In the event of a dispute with Uber, regarding their account or an amount not received, they may turn to UFCW for assistance. The services can even go as far as arbitration, explained Anouk Collet, senior adviser to the national president of the UFCW, in an interview with the QMI Agency.

For her, this agreement is “a first step, a first step” to “give a voice” to these workers.

“We will also have regular meetings [with Uber] to discuss occupational health and safety,” she added.

The agreement between the two parties includes a second component which provides for representations with the various government authorities to support reforms that will improve the conditions of all drivers and mobile application deliverers in general. “Uber agrees that these people should have access to unionization and possibly collective bargaining. So they say “if we do it, we will do it for everyone through clear legislation”, ”said Ms. Collet.

For Jonathan Hamel, public affairs manager for Uber in Quebec, this agreement is “a concrete gesture to improve the future of drivers and deliverers who use the Uber application”.

“They value the flexibility to work if, when and where they want. But they also want new benefits and protections. […] Over the next few weeks and months, together with the UFCW, we will meet with various Quebec players to make them aware of this proposal, which preserves the flexibility of workers while guaranteeing them more benefits,” he said. -he rocks.

Here is Uber’s press release:

UFCW Canada and Uber Canada reach historic national agreement to benefit drivers and delivery people
This historic agreement allows more than 100,000 workers who use the Uber platform to be represented.

As part of the agreement, Uber Canada and UFCW Canada pledge to support government reforms that not only introduce benefits, but also protect the flexibility of the work of drivers and delivery people.

Toronto, Ontario – January 27, 2022 – Uber Canada and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) have reached a historic national agreement providing more than 100,000 drivers and delivery people who use the Uber platform strong representation. In addition, Uber Canada and UFCW Canada are committed to supporting government reforms that provide drivers and delivery people with new benefits and preserve the flexibility of their work. Uber Canada is a Canadian leader in ridesharing and on-demand delivery technology. UFCW Canada is Canada’s largest private sector union in the food, retail and service sectors.

“This national agreement with Uber is just the start in promoting a brighter future for workers using mobile apps,” said Paul Meinema, National President of UFCW Canada. “Over the past three years, we have advocated and worked with thousands of drivers across the country regarding their rights, health and safety. Work-on-demand companies like Uber have a shared responsibility in addressing these issues and we are committed through this new agreement with Uber to making a difference for drivers and delivery people.”

“In typical back home fashion, we’ve come together to find common ground and chart a new path to a brighter future for workers using mobile apps,” said Andrew Macdonald, Vice President Americas operations and Uber’s global business development. “Through this agreement, we are prioritizing what drivers and delivery people tell us they want: increasing their flexibility to work if, where and when they want by having a stronger voice as well as new benefits and protections. ”

Thanks to this agreement, UFCW Canada can represent drivers and delivery people who are faced with a problem with their account or if it is deactivated, in particular within the framework of the existing independent dispute resolution mechanism. These representation services will be offered free of charge to drivers and deliverers. UFCW Canada will communicate with drivers and delivery people and meet regularly with Uber Canada to discuss health, safety and other related matters.

Uber Canada and UFCW Canada have also agreed to lobby provincial governments to pass reforms that provide new benefits and preserve the prerogative of workers to choose if, where and when to work. Uber Canada and UFCW Canada will jointly champion these legislative standards for this industry, including income guarantees, a benefits package and access to worker advocacy across the country.

“This agreement is an important first step for drivers and delivery people using the Uber platform and for the mobile app industry as a whole,” continued Andrew Macdonald. “Working with UFCW Canada, we are committed to moving forward.”

“I want to assure drivers and delivery people that we, UFCW Canada, are there for them and that we are ready to listen to their demands,” added Paul Meinema.

As Canada’s largest private sector union, UFCW Canada has worked directly with drivers to advocate and promote improvements, including before labor boards in Ontario and British Columbia. Uber Canada has signaled its interest in engaging on these same topics after releasing a series of policy briefs and research papers on the future of on-demand work. This national agreement is the result of discussions between Uber Canada and UFCW Canada.

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Some 100,000 Uber Canada drivers and delivery workers will now be able to be defended and represented by one of the largest private sector unions in Canada, the company announced on Wednesday, speaking of a “historic agreement”.

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