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Hotels, airport: No effect from Vegas cab strike

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm •  Published: March 3, 2013

"We're happy that the drivers are maintaining their solidarity here," Bohelski said. "But we wish we didn't have to strike at all. We'd rather work out a settlement that was acceptable."

About 500 people joined a picket line Sunday outside the company's facility that was monitored by Las Vegas police. No major problems were reported.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority was taking a neutral position in the labor dispute but was bracing for the worst by authorizing additional cabs if needed. The authority has specifically authorized up to 30 additional operating permits — called medallions — for each of the other 13 cab brands in Las Vegas.

"If temporary medallions are allocated, we will issue a statement at that time," taxicab authority spokeswoman Teri Williams said Sunday. "In the meantime, we will be monitoring any potential impact."

Since 2008, Yellow-Check-Star has increased gross revenues by $13 million annually but has not shared credit card and cab advertising revenues with drivers, Bohelski said. Drivers also are upset over a provision in the new company contract requiring them to work five 12-hour days per week until they have at least six years of seniority, he added.

"That's just a man-killer. Four 10-hour days are bad enough," Bohelski said.

Shranko said he can't understand why drivers didn't accept the new contract because it provides them with free gasoline on the job for the next four years. Other companies make new drivers pay for gas, he said.

"You're not only being unreasonable but stupid," he said. "Every person would love to have free fuel the next four years. Projections are for fuel to go up as far as $6 a gallon the next 18 months."