Cab drivers fired at protest over Airport Taxi fare cut


5 thoughts on “Cab drivers fired at protest over Airport Taxi fare cut

  1. I am also a lease driver with Airport Taxi. Because of the stellar work the company does in attracting clientele, it is the most desirable company in the Twin Cities to drive for.
    The drivers interviewed in this story did not give you an accurate accounting of the rate decrease. While the minimum fare did get lowered from 13 to 10 dollars, all other rates were only lowered by a dollar. Claims to the contrary are simply false.
    The rate decreases were necessitated by pressure from the insurance providers in order to maintain our call volume. My personal feeling is that from a business standpoint, 80% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
    It should be noted that while all the protesting drivers were of Somali origin, not all of our Somali drivers participated, or agree with the protesters, and are a vital part of this company.
  2. So the drivers “don’t want to join a union”?  Companies that operate like Airport Taxi love to hear that kind of talk. Companies like this are why unions exist. Join the union or you will be treated like dirt wherever you work. It’s what working people need to do, Period.

  3. I ride the airport taxi service weekly on the Medical side.  I did some researc and found out that the companies and government that pays for the rides have raised their pay to the company yet the company lowered the pay to the driver.  how’s that for greed.  The driver barely make enough to pay bills let alone the fuel at prices today.

    If the company is so hard up for money then maybe it shouldn’t have more than 400 drivers.  They keep hiring more and more drivers this is why they have no money.

    Maybe the company should look internally in the office or at how they spend the money they bring in.  I find its usually spent wrong.

  4. You’ve done a little research, and think you know it all. Let me give you some insight from EXPERIENCE in this industry. You make it sound like the cab company is skimming the total cost of the run. This isn’t the case.

    In any business, the need to be competive with others is a must. These accounts go to the lowest bidding company. I don’t think they would bid so low as to kill their drivers. The real problem is these drivers want to go to the airport from Fridley every run. They don’t want a $10 mediical run because it puts them in the back of the eletronic line when they get done. The priices are not the issue. The drivers simply knew people like you wouldn’t see it their way if they said “I want a better run, and they send me to pick you up!”

    I know this company. They treat the drivers well, unlesss the drivers break the rules or treat the clients like diirt. Even then they try and work with them to correct the action. They don’t like investing training, and adminiistrative costs just to have to end thee contract.

    If I was Mr. Pint and the drivers I have fought so hard for to get more work, and keeping the contracts they have, started making a public protest just to get their way, and then started spewing negitive statements about the comany, I would do EXACTLY what he did. Personally I would’ve take all the cabs on the spot and reported any that left the protest with their car as stolen.

    It’s funny that people support these drivers as long as it doesn’t personally affect them. However, they’re sure quick to act when a Somali driver cuts them off, or hits them, and you look in the mirror to see them HANG UP THEIR PHONE they were talking on. 

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