Limo Drivers Gear Up Strike
Over 100 drivers at a Long Island City based limousine service catering mainly Wall Street and midtown Manhattan businesses went out on strike on February 7, in the first ever strike in the New York City limo industry. The drivers called the strike against Prime Time Transportation Inc. for allegedly refusing to bargain in good faith with its 300 drivers, who often have to work twelve-hour days to make $25,000 a year and have no benefits. The company has responded by claiming that the drivers only recently asked to bargain, and were formerly classified as independent contractors---despite the fact that it has been two years since the union won a representation election and was certified by the National Labor Relations Board.
See ROBERT POLNER, Newsday, February 17, 2002