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Drivers with major Vegas taxi company call strike

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas tourists may have a harder time getting to their hotel room after a night of clubbing if drivers with the city's second-largest taxi company follow through with their plan to strike this weekend.

Drivers at Yellow-Checker-Star Transportation announced plans to walk off the job starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, saying the company didn't provide them enough information related to collective bargaining and unilaterally implemented a contract rejected by 70 percent of union members.

"Together, we have a refusal to provide relevant information and an imposed contract," Dennis Arrington, president of Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union Local 4873, said in a statement. "The drivers were left with no choice but to move forward with the strike."

The cab company's chief operating officer, Bill Shranko, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

A taxi strike is rare in Las Vegas, and there hasn't been a major one in recent memory, according to Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Business and Industry. That agency oversees the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which is taking a neutral position in the labor dispute but is bracing for the worst by authorizing additional cabs if the strike happens.

"The mandate of the authority is to protect the safety and the welfare of the riding public," Williams said, adding that "they take the long view of how important tourism is to the local economy and will take appropriate measures to ensure that guests can go where they need to go."

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