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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

The strike comes at one of city's busiest times, with fans taking in four major college basketball tournaments and bettors flocking to sports books during March Madness. In 2012, March topped all other months, with 3.5 million visitors coming to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spokesman Jeremy Handel declined to comment specifically on how the strike might affect tourism, deferring to the cab company and the union.

Of the 1,703 drivers for Yellow-Checker-Star, 1,250 are union members, according to union officials. Out of those members, it's unknown how many plan to participate in the strike.

As a precaution, the taxicab authority has authorized up to 30 additional operating permits — called medallions — for each of the other 13 cab brands in Las Vegas. Officials with the agency will monitor the situation over the weekend and approve the extra permits as needed, Williams said.

It's the second time in recent weeks that a taxicab strike has loomed over the city. A contract has expired between the United Steelworkers Union and Frias Transportation Management, which owns five of the city's 16 brands.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports those two are expected to resume negotiations Monday.