Over 60 black car drivers who work for NYC 2-Way, based at the corner of Bond and Carroll Streets in Gowanus, are currently on strike and picketing outside the building. The drivers are protesting what they claim to be unfair practices by the limo company — whose clients include Goldman Sachs, Citi Bank, Bank of America and Ernst & Young — including taking 22-32% of the fare, unfairly taking that percentage out of tips and tolls, collecting $56 in weekly dues, charging $130 for a weekly rental of the dispatch radio, and a number of other complaints listed on a document they were handing out.
Bill Lindauer, a representative of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said that his organization, a union for yellow taxi drivers, stands in solidarity with those striking against NYC 2-Way. Said Lindauer, “Immigrant workers have always been bullied into working for low wages. Most of these drivers are immigrants.” A number of NYTWA members were on hand at the strike.
Black car drivers are not unionized, but the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have been working with the drivers on a unionization drive. Several IAM members were present as well.