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Friday, October 19, 2007

NYC Taxi Workers Prepare for Another Strike, Monday Oct 22

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) has called another one-day strike of cab drivers in the city for Monday, Oct 22. The strike will begin at 5:00 am and run for 24 hours. The strike follows a successful two-day strike last month to protest a new policy mandating Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in cabs by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Drivers say GPS will further cut into their meager earnings and invade their privacy.

The new strike makes additional demands including health and pension benefits for taxi workers, and union recognition and the resignation. Even the editorial board of the New York Daily News now supports the cabbies' demands.

NYTWA is a member of the New York City Central Labor Council.

Passengers and other supporters can help in many ways:
1) Call 311, New York City's information and service line and voice your support for cab drivers and opposition to the GPS system.

2) Introduce resolutions in support for the strike in your union, church, community group, etc.

3) Attend the rally in support of cab drivers at 12:00 noon, Mon, Oct 22 at TLC headquarters, 40 Rector Street, Manhattan. Bring signs like, "New Yorkers Stand with its cab Drivers" and "Passengers Against GPS Tracking."

4) And don't hail any taxis on Monday! Show your solidarity by not crossing the picket line.
For more information and to get leaflets, volunteer, etc., visit the website of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance

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