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Finding Aid to the United Taxicab Workers records
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This collection contains materials about the status of employees as contract workers or regular employees; issues of workplace safety; gate control (a fee the taxicab driver pays their parent company each shift); records from city hearings about the public convenience and necessity of cabs; applications and records related to permits and medallions; arbitration and other legal documents. The collection also includes one carton of materials created by Rauch Graffis, a long-time San Francisco cab driver and labor organizer, who wrote and taught on the subject "The Zen of Cab Driving." There are two cartons of VHS tapes, audio cassettes, and floppy disks from the offices of SFTWA.
Taxicab drivers in San Francisco have been represented under a variety of different unions and labor organizations since 1904. Many drivers lease their cabs and their permits from a parent taxi company, such as Yellow Cab and Luxor, which has led to drivers often being classified as contractors, not employees and denied benefits as a result.
23.75 Linear Feet (19 cartons)
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Collection is open for research.