Enterprise Employees Strike in Toronto

On March 11, employees of Enterprise Holdings at Toronto Pearson International Airport went on strike to protest proposed cuts in wages and benefits. The contract under negotiation involves 93 employees, primarily for National and Alamo, who wash, prepare and shuttle rental cars at the company's airport operation.

According to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175 union organizer Jehan Ahamed, Enterprise is asking for cuts in hourly wages, vacation days and sick days, as well as requiring its employees to pay 100 percent of their benefits.

Ahamed said the striking workers have established picket lines at terminals one and three at the airport and at two garage locations. The picketers are turning away potential Enterprise customers and sending them to car rental competitors.

"We are willing to look at a fair solution," Ahamed told Auto Rental News. "We want to get back to the table and resolve this dispute as soon as possible. A labor dispute is a loss for everyone."

Enterprise Holdings issued the following statement:

"Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands, has been engaging in good faith negotiations with the UFCW Local 175 since January in an attempt to renew the collective bargaining agreement for the Service Agents and Shuttlers.  These negotiations ended without agreement, and on March 11, 2011, Local 175 decided to strike.

The primary issues concern work quality and productivity, economic concessions and management rights. The company's approach to the negotiations is guided by a need to align this work group with the rest of our Canadian operations in terms of cost and productivity. While many of the union's statements are inaccurate, we are going to respect the process and not discuss the details of the negotiations."

Comments

  1. John [ April 11, 2011 @ 01:00PM ]

    I went to pick up my rental car from Enterprise and found out that the company was trying to cut workers wages by $4.50 to minimum wage. How do companies live with themselves taking money out of the workers pockets who make them their millions.

    I was so disturbed by their actions that I ended up renting our family's vacation vehicle from Avis. They were even able to give us a better rate than Enterprise. All and all we were very happy with Avis and I still think of those workers who are facing this horrible company Enterprise.

  2. Kevin Clynick [ May 16, 2011 @ 06:35PM ]

    Travellled to TO for a wedding last weekend and was met at the National counter by picketing workers. I did not receive any notice from National about the strike. I am a member of IAFF local 771 and after a picketer explained what was happening I promptly left the airport with the help of a friend. Shame on National/Alamo.

  3. deweydude [ August 27, 2011 @ 05:26AM ]

    Enterprise fired all National Alamo unionized employees and brought in their "management trainee" staff to take over. They also brought in a company to clean cars for them. All this from a company that boasts huge profits.

  4. Steve [ December 28, 2011 @ 12:29PM ]

    Unions are the downfall of business and breed lazy workers who exploit the rules to do as little work as possible. The union leaders only care about themselvs are rarely negotiate on behalf of the entire union.

  5. elena [ September 7, 2014 @ 08:24AM ]

    Written by greedy corporation. They should put in theend i Mitt Romney and i aprove this message

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Autonomous Vehicles and the Changing Role of the Fleet Manager

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

2017: Fleet Mix Will Be Paramount

Car rental companies are migrating to vehicle segments with better residual values, though not without bumps in the road.

Auto Rental Summit: Five Trend Lines

Taking in the seminars, discussions, and networking at the 2016 Auto Rental Summit, trend lines emerged around shifts in model mix, data protection issues, increasing labor costs, workforce engagement, and new platforms to rent cars.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.