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Please Support Workers Compensation Coverage for Taxi Drivers and Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs for the Disabled

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Workers Compensation for Philadelphia Taxi Drivers Pennsylvania State Representative Mark Cohen introduced House Bill 1914, that would include Philadelphia taxi drivers into the workers compensation laws and add wheelchair accessible taxis onto the city's streets. TWA in partnership with Liberty Resources have been meeting with key legislators to promote this legislation. Currently, HB 1914 sits in the House Urban Affairs Committee and a public hearing is scheduled on March 19, 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, taxi drivers are 60 times more likely to be assaulted or killed on the job than other occupations. However, taxi drivers are on the short end of the industry's economic pie. Taxi owners, on the other hand have benefited economically in several ways, for instance, the value of the medallion has increased from $60,000 to $260,000 within the last 4 year. The predicted cost of workers compensation coverage for taxi drivers is about $1.50 per day, per driver. It is TWA position that medallion owners are in a better position to absorb these cost. TWA seeks to obtain protection for low income taxi workers performing one of the most dangerous occupations. We are humbly asking folks to help make this happen. Please support Pennsylvania House Bill 1914 by signing this petition. Please stand in solidarity with Philadelphia’s taxi drivers and disabled community.

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