LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The union for nearly 2,000 cab drivers and the Frias Company are trying to work out a deal to avoid a strike. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez is keeping an eye on the simmering situation.
Taxicab drivers with the United Steelworkers union and the Frias Cab Company are in negotiations for a contract. Otherwise, it’s possible a strike could be held. The prior contract expired on September 11th.
However, USW Assistant to the Director Chris Youngmark says negotiations “will take as long as they take” to avoid a strike.
The issues at stake multiple including seniority.
“I think what's at stake is the wages, benefits, working conditions of our membership but there is no risk at this point to the tourists. They ought to come to Las Vegas, have a great time, find a Frias company cab or another unionized company cab, use those facilities and resources and spend a lot of tourism money in Las Vegas,” Youngmark said.
While the two parties consider proposals and proposals, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is keeping an eye on the situation. If there is a strike, it would take half of the city’s taxis off the roads.
But Youngmark says both parties are making progress.
News 3 reached out to Frias and the Department of Business and Industry which oversees the Taxicab Authority, but as of Friday late afternoon, had not heard back from them.