Cabbies seek pay hike, citing gas expenses

Chando Souffant spends $930 a month in tolls ferrying passengers to Logan Airport and back. Fellow cab driver Valville August's wife does all the work at home on her own, with August working 16 to 17 hours a day. And Pierre Duchemin is thinking about getting out of the business altogether.

"This is the life style," Souffant says. "You're working for nothing. They call us ambassadors of the city, but they treat us like a slave."

Most taxi cab drivers in the city work 7 days a week, at 16 to 17 hours a day, the drivers say.

"Those who want to make money," Duchemin says.  Read more