Las Vegas cab company forces a strike

LAS VEGAS – The second largest cab company in Las Vegas has forced its drivers – the first taxi drivers to unionize, more than a decade ago – to strike.

Drivers for Yellow Checker Star Transportation (YCS) had to walk out on March 3 after the firm refused to give their union, Office and Professional Employees Local 4873, information it needed to bargain a new contract. Refusal breaks labor law. The local has more than 1,200 members among the 1,703 YCS drivers.

The firm then unilaterally imposed its last contract offer on the drivers, local President Dennis Arrington said. “Together, we have a refusal to provide relevant information and an imposed contract,” he added. “The drivers were left with no choice but to move forward with the strike.” The local taxi commission apparently sided with YCS, by authorizing other firms to put more cabs on the road at any one time.

The Las Vegas taxi drivers were the first drivers to unionize, more than a decade ago. The AFL-CIO has recently concentrated on aiding bottom-up organizing drives initiated by taxi drivers, domestic workers and other exploited groups, sending organizing aid, money, and charters to groups such as the Taxi Workers Alliance.

Photo: Las Vegas Sun


Mark Gruenberg
Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg is head of the Washington, D.C., bureau of People's World. He is also the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service in Washington, D.C. that he has headed since 1999. Previously, he worked as Washington correspondent for the Ottaway News Service, as Port Jervis bureau chief for the Middletown, NY Times Herald Record, and as a researcher and writer for Congressional Quarterly. Mark obtained his BA in public policy from the University of Chicago and worked as the University of Chicago correspondent for the Chicago Daily News.