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Taxi drivers strike at San Jose International Airport

Stock photo of a terminal at San Jose International Airport. About 300 taxi drivers walked off the job Monday at the airport.
Stock photo of a terminal at San Jose International Airport. About 300 taxi drivers walked off the job Monday at the airport.
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Taxi drivers were on strike Monday at San Jose International Airport.

KNTV reports Monday that the drivers went on strike at 9 a.m. because they are upset that the San Jose City Council won't likely crack down on ride-hailing companies doing business at the airport.

The San Jose Airport Taxi Driver Association says about 300 drivers walked off the job.

Airport Public Information Manager Rosemary Barnes said there are contingency plans in place.

"Our taxi operator has implemented its strike plan. That means that they allow taxis that are permitted to operate in the city of San Jose to come to the airport to transport our passengers off-airport," she said.

San Jose's airport is the only major one in the San Francisco Bay Area without ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft.

In June, city officials asked ride-sharing companies to have drivers submit fingerprints to get a business license.

The companies called the rules too strict.

The council on Tuesday will consider eliminating fingerprinting for drivers. Instead, they are considering auditing some drivers to check their identities and criminal histories.