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Joins UTW’s Lawsuit
To Recover Gate Overcharges
The City of San Francisco
has successfully intervened in support of United Taxicab Workers’
lawsuit against three cab companies to recover gate overcharges.
Judge Donald Mitchell granted the city’s request after a July
31 hearing on the matter. The judge’s order states, “The
City has a direct and immediate interest in protecting its taxicab policy
. . . And in maintaining the integrity of the actions and reports of
its Controller. ”
The Controller has indicated in two reports that companies have been
violating the gate cap. The cap was set at $91.50 in 2003, but reverted
to $85 in September 2004, because the City had not enacted a promised
health care plan for cab drivers that was a condition for maintaining
the higher cap.
UTW and three cab drivers brought the lawsuit against Yellow, Luxor
and Speck cab companies after the companies refused to negotiate over
the violations. Speck runs Arrow Cab, and formerly managed Veterans
The Board of Supervisors raised the gate cap back to $91.50 as of last
November, but Yellow and Luxor continue to violate the cap, charging
an average of $92.50 a shift.
Yellow is pushing its drivers to sign a new lease requiring them to
prepay for their shifts by the month and submit to other onerous conditions
not contained in the old lease. It has said it will discontinue the
new lease if UTW drops its lawsuit. UTW has offered to negotiate a settlement
of the lawsuit, but refuses to drop it outright.