Thousands of USW members chanting “No Justice, No Peace” lined Las Vegas Boulevard outside the union’s convention hall this morning to support union taxi cab drivers who have been working without a labor contract.
USW members waving yellow placards lined the boulevard to show their support for the 5,000 member Las Vegas Alliance for Taxi and Limousine Drivers and to raise the heat in stalled contract negotiations.
The alliance is a partnership of the USW and the Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union (ITPE) local, an affiliate of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
About 2,200 ITPE members at Yellow, Checker and Star Cabs have been working without a new labor contract since December. Their issues include livable wages, long hours and targeted terminations of union drivers.
The USW represents 2,800 drivers in seven other cab companies with contracts expiring next year.
Working families visiting Las Vegas expect the corporate owners of these cab companies to provide drivers a fair agreement with pay check equity, said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.
“Driving a taxi is one of the most dangerous jobs in America,’’ Gerard said. “They deserve a decent contract with decent pay and decent benefits.”