Two days ago I wrote about the possibility of a second round to the NYC taxi strike. Round 2 has been changed from a possibility to actual reality. The Taxi Workers Alliance is requesting 40,000+ taxi drivers to turn off their engines for 24 hours. The 24 hour strike is set to begin at 5 a.m. on October 22nd. This round of the strike plans to focus on more than just the mandated installation of credit card terminals & GPS machines. The Taxi Workers Alliance plans on demanding health care benefits & the right to unionize as part of round 2 of the strike.
According to the Taxi Workers Alliance, current hack stands will turn into picket lines. They also plan a huge rally outside the headquarters of The Taxi & Limousine Commission at 12 p.m. the day of the strike. Bhairavi Desai; executive director of The Taxi Workers Alliance had a strong statement for city officials which she hopes “will come to their senses and scrap this technology.”
I have a strong hunch that this round of the strike will be quite nasty & might spill out into the transit system, especially the subways.