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Cab strike looms as contract talks drag on

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

There is no such thing as a slow month in Las Vegas. We can expect thousands of visitors in the coming weeks with New Year's Eve and some big conferences drawing crowds.

However, a contract dispute between one of the valley's biggest cab companies and the union could put the brakes on travel between the airport and our biggest resorts.

A temporarily extended contract between Yellow-Checker-Star cab company and the Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union is set to expire on Dec. 15.

Union drivers with Yellow-Checker-Star, the second-largest cab company in southern Nevada, are threatening to strike if the company and the union don't come to an agreement.

"I think the drivers need to stand strong together and show that they're willing to have a work stoppage to get what we want," said cab driver Robert Suddarth.

Suddarth works for another cab company that recently went through the same ordeal.

"Most of us that work for union cab companies, we work 60-hour weeks and don't even question that," Suddarth said.

Union leader Sam Moffitt said most drivers don't want to strike, they just want a fair deal. Moffitt said there's a reason cab companies frequently can't find enough drivers to cover shifts.

"Their idea as a cure for this is for the drivers that are working there now to increase their hours and cover more shifts," Moffitt said.

Moffitt went on to say to 80 percent of union members rejected an offer from Yellow-Checker-Star on Nov. 28, which changed the hours drivers can work without a pay increase.

Yellow-Checker-Star Director Jonathan Schwartz said that both his company and the union approved the previous agreement and that only 35 percent of union drivers showed up to vote on it.

Union members will vote until Thursday afternoon on whether to authorize a strike if needed. The union and Yellow-Checker-star are slated to meet on Thursday and Friday of next week.

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