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16th Annual Immigrant Rights Day in Sacramento

May 21st — “Immigrant advocates from across the state, including San Diego, are gathered in Sacramento today for a rally and individual meetings with legislators about bills that would directly affect immigrants. The annual convergence marks the 16th annual Immigrant day. The group aims to urge support for a range of bills that address public safety, family unity, worker rights, religious freedoms and other issues.” from UT San Diego
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Taxi! Taxi! Cabbies Form Unlikely Union

“The taxi workers are part of a new wave of workers who are organizing against the odds. Car wash workers, domestic workers and others who are not ordinarily thought of as union members are discovering and using the power of collective action to improve their lives and work.” – AFL-CIO America’s Union 
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Cameras For SD Taxi Cabs Under Consideration

March 16th — “I can’t bring my dad back,” Savitar Sahou said. “Perhaps with pushing the idea of enforcing cameras, and having something pass, I feel as if his death would not go in vain.” “A human being was murdered, and his case was the last straw,” said San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who was also a cab driver.” from Channel 10 News 
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Taxi protest to gridlock London

Taxi protest to gridlock London on Wednesday London– “Central London will be gridlocked this Wednesday if a planned drive-in demonstration of thousands of taxi drivers goes ahead, says the taxi union, United Cabbies Group. Members of the UCG, which represents almost 2,000 licenced London taxi drivers, have agreed to stage a mass drive-in at Trafalgar Square from 4pm. The union is demonstrating against Transport for London and the licencing body, Taxi and Private Hire (formerly the Public Carriage Office), for what it believes are unfair and unsafe rules governing private car hire licensing.” – from London Loves Business
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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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