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Fare Is Fare: Cab Drivers Cry Foul Over Special Privileges for Natural Gas Taxis at Love Field

Fare Is Fare: Cab Drivers Cry Foul Over Special Privileges for Natural Gas Taxis at Love Field Dallas —  “Hundreds of drivers marched around the reflecting pool at 9 a.m. waving American flags, shouting for justice and repeating their threat, “No Taxi! No Super Bowl!” While the city’s touting the policy as a clean-air measure, letting natural gas-powered cabs jump the line at the airport gives preferential treatment to bigger operations that can afford new CNG-powered cars.” – from Dallas Observer
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String Of Robberies Have Taxi Drivers Worried

String Of Robberies Have Taxi Drivers Worried ATLANTA — “A string of taxi cab robberies in metro Atlanta has cabbies concerned and on high alert. The president of the Atlanta Taxi Cab Industry Association said Atlanta police told him eight cab drivers were robbed in the city of Atlanta within 24 hours this weekend alone. Channel 2 has confirmed at least one more in DeKalb County and another beating and robbery of a driver in Clayton County. The robberies are said to be unrelated. “It’s a new phenomenon because we haven’t had it that much within a short period of time,
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Taxi Driver Groups Taking Multiple Routes to Organize

Philadelphia taxi drivers rally against the deportation of immigrant workers Tiffany Ten Eyck    |  August 24, 2010 “Denied the right to organize under the National Labor Relations Act, they encounter the same fate as other workers labeled “independent contractors”—no collective bargaining, no job protection, low and variable pay, and little say over how their worklife is structured. Now, organizing campaigns have materialized in nearly every metropolitan center, and even a few nooks and crannies. The best-known outfit is the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), which boasts 11,000 members in the cab-heavy city. But it’s far from alone. No matter
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Taxi Drivers Threaten Strike in Cyprus

Taxi Drivers Threaten Strike Action  December 22, 2011 “TAXI drivers are threatening to strike after the holidays if they do not get a meeting with the communications minister to provide concrete ways of improving their working conditions.” — from The Cyprus Mail 
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President Obama Congratulates Bhairavi Desai and National Taxi Workers Alliance for historic charter with AFL-CIO

We Are Union. Monday October 24, 2011 Watch President Obama’s Congratulate NTWA here.  National Taxi Workers Alliance Becomes 57th National Union of AFL-CIO. “On October 20th, 2011 we became the 57th union of the AFL-CIO.  We are the first non-traditional workforce (non-employees) to be granted membership in over 60 years, and the first one in the history of independent contractors.  Political Support.  Organizing Strength.  Member Benefits.  Solidarity.  In one word: Power. For the first time in the taxi industry, we the drivers will have a national voice.  We have our independence and maintain our identity. We thank the visionary leadership
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Taxi Permit Cap A Continuing Problem in San Diego

Taxicab Tensions  Aug. 25, 2008 — “Petitioning drivers said abolishing the taxi permit cap would allow all drivers to own their own cabs and will bring them job security so that they do not have to work for cab owners who arbitrarily increase lease prices or terminate their drivers on a whim.” – from Voice of San Diego 
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AFL-CIO Casts Historic Vote for TWA to Unionize Taxi Drivers Nationwide

Taxi Workers Seek AFL-CIO Membership Aug 3, 2011 — “They said drivers work 60 to 70 hours a week in one of the most grueling and dangerous jobs around—at minimum wage. They have no job security. Employers routinely misclassify them as “independent contractors” and deny the drivers protections given to traditional employees, including the freedom to form a union. They risk their health and safety daily, from sitting in a stationary position for hours to the real possibility of being assaulted, robbed or even murdered by a passenger or street thugs. And they’re completely uninsured, unprotected.” – from AFL-CIO Blog
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NYC Driver Bill of Rights Passed

The Taxicab Fleet/DOV Driver Bill of Rights Has Passed! Monday, 28 November 2011 “Expect to see a poster at every garage, brokerage, and meter shop in the next few months, informing taxi drivers of their rights. Thank you to all the members who came out to the TLC Public Hearing where drivers packed the room! It should now be clear and undeniable to all in the industry that, among other protections, drivers have: the right to not be overcharged on the lease the right to a receipt and a contract the right to not be punished if you file a
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