27 March 2014 – Airport shuttle drivers in Denver, USA, rallied outside employers SuperShuttle last week, under the threat of reduced wages and potential job losses.
The drivers, represented by ITF affiliate the Communications Workers of America (CWA), were told they had to re-apply for their own jobs earlier this month. The company also stopped bargaining with the union, and imposed a new contract, cutting wages by 30 percent. The deadline for re-applying for jobs has been extended indefinitely – creating further confusion and insecurity for workers.
Participants from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the American national trade union centre (AFL-CIO) also attended the rally on Monday.
SuperShuttle, a subsidiary of Veolia Transportation, the USA arm of French multinational Transdev, has deployed apparently anti-union tactics since bargaining began back in January 2012. There are reports that SuperShuttle hired a lawyer with ‘union avoidance’ expertise, and that the company made changes to workers’ terms and conditions without prior consultation.
ITF inland transport secretary Mac Urata said: “The anti-union behaviour of this employer is once again utterly at odds with good practice. In consultation with our colleagues in France, we have protested twice to the chairman and CEO of Transdev, and we will continue to work together to support our brothers and sisters in Denver.”