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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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