Union: Drivers of Major Las Vegas Taxi Firm Strike

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A union official says members of a Las Vegas taxicab drivers union went out on strike early Sunday.

Nicole Korkolis says the strike by drivers at Las Vegas' second-largest taxi company began right after midnight.

Earlier, the drivers had announced plans to walk off the job at that hour, saying the company unilaterally implemented a contract rejected by 70 percent of members of Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union Local 4873.

Korkolis, who is national spokeswoman for the union, says she has reports that about 400 cabs so far have returned to the yard, and that picketing has begun.

According to union officials, 1,250 of the 1,703 drivers for Yellow-Checker-Star are union members. Out of those members, it's unknown how planned to participate in the strike.

Officials for the company and the city's Taxicab Authority didn't immediately return calls for comment.