Mar 13, 2014
Denver SuperShuttle Drivers Push Back on Management's Refusal to Bargain Fairly
Super Shuttle drivers hold an early morning meeting at Denver International Airport, joined by CWA President Larry Cohen.
SuperShuttle drivers at the Denver International Airport are standing strong in the fight for a first and fair contract.
Two years ago, about 100 drivers, mostly African immigrants, overwhelmingly voted for CWA representation, joining Local 7777, which also represents 300 union taxi drivers at DIA. To win their union, shuttle drivers had to overcome two years of management hostility, harassment and coercion, including numerous unfair labor practices and management's effort to reclassify the workers as independent contractors.
Management has refused to bargain fairly and now threatens to implement a proposed contract that workers overwhelmingly rejected last December, one in which management demanded that workers take a wage cut of about 30 percent, reducing their pay to $11.50 an hour
CWA President Larry Cohen met with drivers at the Denver airport this week.
"Spending even an hour with the Denver shuttle drivers is enough to inspire anyone. They are an awesome group and I could not be prouder that they are part of CWA Local 7777. Each driver said 'this is about management respecting us as human beings, and we will fight for that with our union behind us,'" Cohen said.
Last week, shuttle drivers and CWA supporters rallied in Phoenix outside SuperShuttle headquarters. The group gave the company a petition with 2,000 signatures calling on the company to negotiate fairly.
Keep up with the latest on the SuperShuttle drivers' Facebook page.