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Las Vegas Cab Drivers Catch Strike Fever

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

It's an epidemic of worker resistance as yet another union calls for a strike amidst a flurry of strikes hitting sites across the nation, this time centered in Las Vegas as cab workers fight over a contract extension set to soon expire. The Yellow-Checker-Star taxi companies have held their own in the fight, even going so far as to be charged by unions as penalizing workers and striking out against union support.

Drivers for the Yellow-Checker-Star taxi companies have authorized union leaders to call a strike as early as Dec. 16 over their ongoing contract dispute.

After a vote completed late Thursday, a representative of the Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union said the vote to authorize a strike was “overwhelming,” but the union would not disclose vote counts or percentages of voter approval.

A contract extension between the drivers and YCS, the second-largest taxi company group in Southern Nevada, is in effect through Dec. 15.

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