Last Sunday, taxi drivers employed at Yellow-Checker-Star Transportation in Las Vegas authorized a strike, triggered by what they say are the company’s unfair labor practices by refusing to provide the union with information relative to collective bargaining. There are 1,703 drivers in the bargaining unit.
Industrial, Technical and Professional Employees (ITPEU) represents the taxi drivers and is an affiliate of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU). Unfair labor practice charges were filed by ITPEU/OPEIU Local 4873 on Friday, March 1.
In addition, Yellow-Checker-Star has unilaterally declared an impasse and imposed its version of the contract on the drivers. “Together, we have a refusal to provide relevant information and an imposed contract,” said ITPEU/OPEIU Local 4873 President Dennis Arrington. “The drivers were left with no choice but to move forward with the strike."
Since Sunday, more than 1,000 taxi drivers came out to demonstrate at the Yellow-Checker-Star headquarters.
In addition to the taxi drivers in Las Vegas, ITPEU/OPEIU Local 4873 represents more than 13,000 food service workers, security guards, mechanics and other occupational skills employed under the Service Contract Act.