Appeals Court Says Cabbies Protected Under NLRA

Law360, New York (January 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Friendly Cab Co. Inc. has lost its long-standing bid to treat drivers as independent contractors, with a California appeals court ruling that the cabbies are employees and therefore enjoy the right to unionize.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit threw its support behind the dozens of taxi drivers, judging Oakland-based Friendly to have violated the National Labor Relations Act by denying the group the right to take part in collective bargaining agreements.

“We affirm the well-reasoned conclusion of the NLRB...
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