Drivers applaud judge's dismissal of lawsuit challenging bargaining law

Drivers Call on Uber to Stop Efforts to Block their Right to Have a Voice Seattle for-hire drivers who are seeking to unionize under the city’s new collective bargaining law applauded a federal judge’s ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenging the law. “We’ve been waiting for this day, waiting to join the union and to have the right to negotiate with Uber,” said Mustafe Abdi, who has been driving with Uber for three years. Abdi, who is a member of the App-Based Drivers Association (ABDA), listed a number of concerns he and other for-hire drivers would like to address at the bargaining table. “We need to talk about the rates and deactivation and other things. We don’t have medical, we don’t have retirement. We don’t have Social Security. We don’t feel safe when we drive our cars. This is good news for all drivers in Seattle.” "We’ve been waiting for this day, waiting to join the union and to have the right to negotiate with Uber." Uber and Lyft drivers sought assistance from Teamsters Local 117 to improve working conditions in Seattle’s personal transportation industry. In 2014, drivers formed ABDA to promote fairness, justice, and transparency in the industry. “Judge Lasnik’s ruling puts drivers one step closer to being able to freely exercise their right to have a voice and unionize under the new law,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “We hope Uber will respect the judge’s decision, stop its efforts to block the law, and recognize that, just like millions of other workers across the country, for-hire drivers have a basic right to self-determination and to stand together with the representative of their choosing to improve their pay and working conditions. We will continue to help drivers fight for that right.” For now, the Seattle law is still on hold until the court rules on a separate case.

Uber tries to block its drivers from having a voice…AGAIN

Uber has spent the better part of two years trying to stop their drivers from having a voice. They have repeatedly blocked their drivers’ right to unionize in the courts, run anti-Union ads in the Seattle Times and during a nationally-televised Seahawks game. They even have their own podcast aimed at silencing drivers.  Instead of raising standards for drivers who have repeatedly decried the company’s lack of transparency, poor working conditions, and low pay, Uber has focused its efforts on making sure drivers have as little control as possible over their own livelihoods. Uber’s most recent attempt to silence their drivers involves a letter to the City of Seattle contesting Teamsters 117's application to become a qualified driver representative under the City’s new collective bargaining law.  Read more

More delays to collective bargaining law

Yesterday the city council voted to postpone writing the rules that govern the new for-hire collective bargaining law. Now drivers will have to wait until January before the city can implement the law.  Right now there are thousands of drivers struggling to make ends meet. Drivers have been fighting for years for their right to have a voice. Read more

Pressure from ABDA Drivers Leads to Minimum Fare Increase

When Uber drivers come together and speak out with one voice, good things happen.  Just two days after drivers packed a hearing room at City Hall to demand swift, fair implementation of the City’s new collective bargaining law, the company announced that it would raise its minimum fare from $4.00 to $4.80. That means that drivers who get dispatched on short trips will see a modest increase in their earnings.  As far as we know, Seattle is the only city where Uber is offering a higher minimum fare for drivers. The reason for that is clear. Uber drivers in Seattle are getting more engaged in the political process. They’re letting the City, the company, and the public know that they want their rights under the new law to be respected.  Read more

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging collective bargaining lawJudge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Seattle's Collective Bargaining Law

Drivers celebrating the passing of the historic Seattle ordinance allowing them to form a union. The Federal Judge Ruled that the Chamber of Commerce did not have Standing to Sue Taxi, Uber and Lyft Drivers in Seattle scored a major victory this week when a federal judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the Seattle ordinance giving drivers collective bargaining rights. Read more

City of Seattle Moves to Dismiss Chamber Lawsuit

The legal battle over your rights as app-based drivers to collectively bargain continues to unfold.  As you recall, the US Chamber of Commerce is trying to stop the new law that gives drivers the right to bargain with their dispatch companies over their wages, hours and working conditions. In March, the Chamber filed a lawsuit with the City of Seattle saying that companies like Uber and Lyft would be damaged by the new law.  Read more

Rideshare Company TappCar Welcomes Teamsters

TappCar is a new Edmonton, Canada-based ride-hailing service The New Rideshare company invites Teamsters to organize drivers Counter to the anti-union behavior from rival companies Uber and Lyft, TappCar a new Canadian rideshare company has welcomed the Teamsters Union to organize it's drivers. The company spokesman said unionization will help the company maintain a stable and satisfied workforce. Read more here. Read more

Uber Retaliation for Speaking Out?

Uber Driver Peter Kuel speaking to the press at Seattle City Hall in December 2015 Did Uber retaliate against driver Peter Kuel for speaking out? An outspoken Uber driver who supports unionization and has been critical of the company in the press was stripped of his ability to work on the Uber app without notice last week. Peter Kuel, who has driven for Uber since 2014, said he was given inconsistent, unfounded reasons for the deactivation of his account when he visited Uber’s Seattle offices in an attempt to resolve the issue. “I went to Uber several times to try to get an answer. Every time I went there, they told me something different,” Kuel said.  Read more

More Than 60 Percent Of Uber Drivers Are Thinking About Quitting

via think progress “My rent’s due and I’m struggling. I’m sweating bullets trying to make ends meet over here,” said Tanya Forister, a full-time Uber driver in Tampa, Florida. “I’ve had to work twice as hard to make half of what I used to make.” Forister is one of hundreds of drivers nationwide protesting Uber’s fare cuts in January as a part of its “Beating the Winter Slump” campaign in more than 100 cities to increase ridership. When Forister, a 49 year-old single mother, started working for Uber in April, it was a gift. She was making $700 to $800 a week and upgraded her car so she could take more riders using Uber XL. Things were going well. Read more

Drivers Win a Voice with Historic City Council Vote

New law extends collective bargaining rights to drivers. Drivers in Seattle’s for-hire industry won the right to collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions through an initiative passed 8-0 by the City Council today. Drivers and community supporters celebrated the bill’s passage, calling it a turning point toward greater protections for workers in a changing economic landscape. “By giving us rights, this law will help all of the drivers and also help our communities,” said Peter Kuel, an Uber driver and member of the leadership council of the App-Based Drivers Association. Read more

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