Jersey City cabbies set to strike over safety fears

(11/30/04) JERSEY CITY Citing job-related dangers, cab drivers in Jersey City are threatening to strike Wednesday.

The drivers are demanding increased security measures, such as thicker glass partitions and internal cameras, to protect them from violent criminals. They say their safeguard requests to city officials have been repeatedly ignored. A heightened fear of on-the-job safety developed after one Jersey City cab driver was shot to death Thanksgiving Day.

Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy met with drivers and urged them not to go on strike. Healy says in addition to hurting the city, striking drivers would also be hurting themselves.

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